Chile out to curb Portugal’s goal-king Ronaldo

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jun 2017 09:46:42


 

Kazan (Russia),

Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite the tax storm brewing in Spain.
The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal.
The Real Madrid forward has now scored 16 times in his last 10 games for club and country.
Portugal’s captain will face tax evasion charges in a Madrid court next month, but has dazzled on the pitch in Russia, claiming man-of-the-match awards in all three games,
netting two goals and providing an assist.


After steering Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in Paris a year ago, Ronaldo will want to claim a second international title in Sunday’s Confed Cup final.
Ronaldo is closing in on the legendary Ferenc Puskas’ European record of 84 international goals, despite the off- field turmoil and constant speculation about his future, having threatened to quit Real.
“We all know he’s an amazing player, he’s very dangerous and can decide a game alone,” said Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who has often faced Ronaldo with his club Celta Vigo, in Tuesday’s press conference.


Germany to meet Mexico in semis Germany’s Premier League stars Emre Can and Shkodran Mustafi expect a tough battle against Mexico in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final as the world champions chase more silverware in Russia.


Liverpool midfielder Can and Arsenal defender Mustafi have just over 30 international appearances between them, yet are senior figures in a young Germany squad.
Despite resting nearly all of their World Cup winners and bringing an inexperienced side to Russia, Germany’s young guns won Group B and face Mexico at Sochi’s Fischt stadium for a place in Sunday’s Confed Cup final.


Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexicans had to come from behind in all three of their Group A games, drawing 2-2 with Portugal, then beating both New Zealand and Russia by the same 2-1 margin.


Mustafi —one of only three 2014 World Cup winners in Russia —says Germany’s young guns are relishing their clash against Mexico’s come-back kings.
“Mexico remind me a bit of Chile, it’s a team which is very aggressive and can play very varied football,” said the 25-year-old Arsenal centre-back.