The Knockout matches are going to start with the first semi final match between Portugal and Chile ,the winners of group A and runners up of group B respectively on 28th June Wednesday at Kazan Arena , Kazan from 11:30 pm IST onwards.
The reigning European champions and two times Copa America winners meet each other in the Kazan Arena on Wednesday to ensure their place in the final match held in the St. Petersburg Stadium on 2nd July.
Chile have the strongest defence of the four semi finalists but they have to defend against the star striker of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and other key players of tihs team . So,this is a challenge to Chile to handle this case smartly and head to Saint Petersburg on 2nd July.They have ability to recover themselves from the physical exertion and ready themselves for the other match very fastly. So they have to sharp their mental peace and concentration more than ever and be ready for the challenge.
Portugal is preparing themselves for this match and are in best possible shape to fight in their semi final match.They play their debutant game in this stadium and had a draw with the Mexico ,they are hoping that Chile are feeling the effects of their high intense game with Australia and lack their some intensity.Also , Coach Fernando Santos did’nt choose their star strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo ,Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes,and Bernardo Silva because they have to play freshly in the semi final.So it seems to have a positive effect on the Portugal team . But ,Pepe have to sit outside the game as he picked up his second yellow card. Whatever the conditions ,Portugal is going to play a high pace possesion game in Wednesday’s match.
Head to Head Matches
La Roja and Portugal met three times with each other with two wins in the hand of Portugal and one draw with each other .Chile are still waiting for a win.
Key Players of Both Teams
Portugal’s star performer Cristiano Ronaldo will be the centre of attraction in the Kazan’s match , a high attacking match will be seen from his side .Bruno Alves ,Andrien Silva , Nani will become a reason to win this match. Also , the players miss their central defender Pepe in the game.
The goalkeeper of Chile’s team Claudio Bravo plays an important role in this match as he has to defend the goals from the opposite side. Also vidal , Sanchez will become team winning players of this match.
Possible Players of both the teams
Portugal Squad Players : Cristiano Ronaldo, Rui Patricio , Raphael Guerrero , Bruno Alves , Jose Fonte , Andre Gomes , Gelson Martins , William Carvalho , Cedric, Andrien Silva, Nani.
Chile Squad Players : Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour, Arturo Vidal, Marcalo Diaz , Charles Aranguiz , Eduardo Vargas , Alexis Sanchez, Claudio Bravo ,Pablo Henandez.
About Chile Football team
Nickname : La Roja (The Red Ones)
Confederations : CONMEBOL(South America)
Association : Federacion de Futbol de Chile (FFCh)
Captain : Claudio Bravo
Head Coach : Juan Antonio Pizzi
Top Scorer : Alexis Sanchez
About Portugal Football Team
Association : Portugese Football Federation (FPF)
Confederation : UEFA (Europe)
Captain : Cristiano Ronaldo
Head Coach : Fernando Santos
Top Scorer : Cristiano Ronaldo
Match Venue Details
City : Kazan
Stadium : Kazan Arena
Capacity : 45,379
Refree : Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Date : 28th June
Timing : 21:00 Local time,11:30 IST
It will be a very intense and pressurized game, so both the teams have to paly at their highest level. Both team players are full of enthusiasm and patriotism as they are representing their country in this prestigious FIFA tournament and want to do their best. So ,it is not sure exactly which team is going to win this game but the predictions is more towards Portugal. But nothing is impossible; Chile can also change the direction of the game and make win on their side.