Chile wait on Aranguiz's fitness for semi-final

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It was and still is hard to picture Portugal and Chile on top of their all-powerful continents next to Italy, Spain and France or Brazil and Argentina, but here they are looking to make the most of their moments in the sun and progress to Confederations Cup big final.

Pizzi hopes to have the experienced Aranguiz, 28, fit to partner Arturo Vidal in Chile's defensive midfield core which helped win the Copa America title a year ago.

Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who has often faced Ronaldo with his club Celta Vigo, said yesterday: "We all know he (Ronaldo) is an unbelievable player, he's very unsafe and can decide a game alone".

The other semi-final will see Germany facing Mexico for a place in the final on July 2.

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Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games, ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the CONCACAF champions beat hosts Russian Federation 2-1.

Fatigue could well be an issue in Portugal's ranks. Left-back Raphael Guerreiro is struggling with a bruised foot from the win over Russian Federation.

"We know the difficulties Chile pose for us but we will prepare to play a good game on Wednesday, knowing that we have a very tough opponent ahead who have shown their quality over the past few years".

With defender Pepe suspended, either Jose Fonte or Luis Neto will partner Bruno Alves at centre-back as Santos expects a tricky tie against Chile.

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"Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players", said Loew, who became the first head coach to achieve 100 global wins, following the Germans' 3-1 victory over Cameroon on Sunday. Their strengths are many but, like any team, they have weaknesses.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has all 23 players fit after midfielder Charles Aranguiz recovered from a knock in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Australia. "We're talking about one of the best goalkeepers in the world, with an extraordinary career, and we're very happy that he's back with us".

With a year left on his Gunners contract, Sanchez is stalling on signing an extension, amid rumours of a switch to Germany giants Bayern Munich.

One player with a capability to help him continue achieving that in England is Fernando, since the Brazilian brilliantly screen's Manchester City's defence and sets off attacks.

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