Confederations Cup: Chile's Vidal sure of victory over Portugal, slams Ronaldo

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"He's giving his best here and I think most players would like to be in a similar situation, because the best squads in the world want to have him, even if he is already at a good club", said Pizzi.

Germany, who will face Mexico in Sochi on Thursday in the Confederations Cup semifinal, have been impressed by the facilities and climate in the Black Sea resort, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Stefan Marinovic had a torrid time against the powerful Portugal line-up.

Along with veteran Bruno Alves, Pepe has been key in Portugal's style which has long relied on a solid defensive set up that allows Ronaldo the freedom to thrive in the attack.

Tomorrow's mouthwatering tie promises to be as entertaining as the build-up, with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal blasting the legendary 32-year-old this week. On Saturday, however, he let himself down with an unprovoked and unnecessary foul that earned him a yellow card and will keep him out of the semifinal.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the 2017 Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.

There are 23 bases being offered by the Russian Federation 2018 Local Organising Committee in Moscow, including the training grounds of Spartak, Dynamo and Lokomitiv, and the city is also served by four global airports, enabling easy access to the other World Cup host cities during the tournament.

"Hopefully we can come back next year".

He said: "Our style of play is very demanding, the players have to put in a great effort".

The 30-year-old Monaco player made his 100th worldwide appearance with Portugal in the team's win over New Zealand on Saturday.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC.

Ronaldo has netted four times in as many appearances for Portugal over recent weeks.

Despite a bright start, Anthony Hudson's side then conceded again within five minutes, with new Manchester City man Bernardo Silva converting Eliseu's cross after the left-back's purposeful run. Forward Gelson Martins, 22, is also touted as a promising star. "We are one of the best teams in Africa but there is still a difference between us and modern football".