Portugal v Chile – Confederations Cup Semi-Final Liveblog

Portugal v Chile – Confederations Cup Semi-Final Liveblog

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Welcome from the semi-final of FIFA Confederations Cup. We are at the Kazan Arena to cover Portugal v Chile here on our Liveblog.

That’s it from us here at Futbolgrad, thanks for joining us.! Goodnight!

Final Score.

POR 0:3 CHI — The Copa America champions sink the European Champions with a penalty whitewash. You’ll have to go a long way to see three worse penalties than the Portuguese ‘efforts’.


  1. Chile – Vidal scores
  2. Portugal – Bravo saves the shot
  3. Chile – GOAL 2-0 the South Americans lead
  4. Portugal – Bravo saves AGAIN
  5. Chile – Sanchez makes it 3:0 to Chile
  6. Portugal – Nani misses, Bravo SAVES AGAIN, he saves all 3.. Claudio Bravo is the HERO


It will go to penalties in Kazan – Chile so close to winning it at the end, Portugal will be relieved.

120. Minute

We’re into added time at the end of extra time — Penalties are almost upon us..!

118. Minute

Vidal hits the post with a lovely shot, Rodríguez follow up hits the bar..! How has the ball stayed out the goal..???

115. Minute

Vidal is down, screaming in agony. Gomez stood on his Achilles and ankle, the TV replay makes it look awful.

112. Minute

Should we have seen the VAR? It looked like a penalty for Chile on the replay! Who knows, I get the feeling the officials seem unsure when to deploy the assistant in the TV room

111. Minute

OFF > Hernandez ON > Silva for Chile

106. Minute

We’re under way again. Déjà vu feeling already………

Half Time in Extra Time.

Still 0:0

Chile’s forward Alexis Sanchez reacts during the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-final football match between Portugal and Chile at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 28, 2017. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

100. Minute

Vidal with a header but it’s safe into the hands of Rui Patricio.

94. Minute

So close by Sanchez, inches from a goal – the spin of the ball off his header just takes the attempt wide of the Portuguese left post.

91. Minute

Gomes goes close, well I say close – He fluffs a half decent chance over he bar. New shooting boots required.

Extra Time

What do the next 30 minutes have in store for us? A goal would be nice!

Full Time.

Both head coaches get to test out the latest IFAB law amendment – A fourth substitute may now be made. Probably the most exciting news in the last 45 minutes.

90+3. Minute

That’s it, we’re going for an extra 30 minutes.

90. Minute

We’re into 3 additional minutes. Will there be a winner???

88. Minute

Still no goals. It looks like extra time will be needed here in Kazan.

85. Minute

Interesting move here by Chile head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. Vargas is taken off and replaced by Martin Rodriguez. Chile need a spark here.

84. Minute

Cristiano Ronaldo with a header inside the box. The ball misses the target though and we remain tied without goals.

82. Minute

Ricardo Quaresma is coming on for Bernardo Silva. Can the old star win it for Portugal?

81. Minute

More of the same. The game is a midfield battle with chances far in between. Extra time is looming.

75. Minute

Still no breakthrough here. But we got the attendance numbers. 40,885 people are in the stadium, which means the Kazan Arena is almost sold out.

71. Minute

Portugal break forward and Ronaldo manages to finish from 19-yards out. The shot is, however, deflected by Gonzalo Jara and then goes out for a corner. The following corner is easily cleared by Chile.

69. Minute

Still no goals. Both sides have resorted to midfield battles. There is very little action in front of either goal.

A typical scene from this match. Neither side can gain an advantage. (ROMAN KRUCHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

A typical scene from this match. Neither side can gain an advantage. (ROMAN KRUCHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

65. Minute

Ronaldo lines up for a freekick. But despite pistelero enactment fails to bring the shot on target.

62. Minute

Arturo Vidal attempts a shot from long range. The ball, however, just misses the target.

60. Minute

There is no other way to put it, but the last 15 minutes have been dreadful. Neither side is willing to take the necessary risks to win this game.

56. Minute

Double chance! Rui Patricio has to do well to stop a bicycle kick by Eduardo Vargas and Bravo has to stand tall after Ronaldo breaks through for Portugal. We remain scoreless.

54. Minute

Portugal are in Chile’s box! But Bernardo Silva can’t keep possession of the ball and the chance is gone.

52. Minute

Finally a chance! Arturo Vidal receives a great cross from the half-field. His header, however, is off the mark.

50. Minute

Both sides are testing the waters here a bit. Can someone finally break the deadlock?

46. Minute

The second half is underway.

Portugal v Chile – Halftime

45 minutes played and we got no goals. Both sides had great chances. Andre Silva should have scored for Portugal and Eduardo Vargas missed a clear scoring chance on the other side. Portugal will suit this more their youthful side will be less likely to tire as the match goes on.

45. Minute

We got one extra minute here.

43. Minute

Andre Silva is brought down in the box and vehemently complains to referee Alireza Faghani, who issues a yellow card to calm down the striker.

41. Minute

Good free kick opportunity from the half field, but Portugal can clear.

37. Minute

Chile now have more of the game. Portugal in the meantime are resorting to their European Championship tactic of sitting deep and absorbing the pressure until there is an opening for a counterattack.

33. Minute

Portugal now. Cedric floats in a cross from his right side, but no Portuguese player can reach the ball.

29. Minute

Another great cross that Arturo Vidal misses with a bicycle kick. Vargas than collects the ball on the right side of the box. His shot, however, misses the target.

27. Minute

Charles Aranguiz receives a great ball in the box. His header, however, just misses the target. Still no goals here.

26. Minute

Both teams are taking a breather at the moment. Chile have slightly more ball possession with 52%. Yet it is Portugal that seem more dangerous going forward.

22. Minute

Great play here by Portugal, who break into Chile’s box with great numbers. But Chile collapse their centre and manage to shut the Seleção out.

19. Minute

Rossiya, Rossiya, Rossiya chants now at the Kazan Arena. The Sbornaya may be gone at the same time the fans seem to be still positive.

17. Minute

Bruno Alves and Arturo Vidal will certainly be a key battle for the rest of tonight.

Portugal v Chile Arturo Vidal against Bruno Alves will certainly be a key battle tonight. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Arturo Vidal against Bruno Alves will certainly be a key battle tonight. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

14. Minute

The game has calmed down a bit now. Both sides are focusing on midfield battles using their speedy attacking players to break through the oppositions defensive lines.

10. Minute

Arturo Vidal and Bruno Alves are at each other after a small altercation just outside the box. The two will challenge each other on several occasions tonight.

7. Minute

Back and forward here! Cristiano Ronaldo breaks through on the right side and spots Andre Silva in the box. The Portuguese forward has a wide open net in front of him, but Claudio Bravo comes out of his net and denies the striker.

6. Minute

Great chance for Chile! Alexis Sanchez plays the ball through to Eduardo Vargas. Vargas, however, can’t get past Rui Patricio.

4. Minute

Bernardo Silva brings in a freekick from the left side. Portugal’s attackers miss the ball. Andre Gomes, however, brings in the ball from the other side and Cristiano Ronald meets ball with his header, but can’t connect well enough to create any real danger.

2. Minute

Portugal with the first dangerous attacking move. Andre Gomes receives the ball 18 yards out, but can’t connect his shot and Claudio Bravo can easily collect the ball.

1. Minute

Here we go!

Portugal v Chile – Kickoff

Just a few moments. But before kickoff we want to highlight FIFA’s anti-discrimination stance. Both teams stood together to celebrate diversity in football. Something that we always support on Futbolgrad as well.

Portugal v Chile – Buildup


The atmosphere is electric here ten minutes before kickoff. We expect plenty of Chile supporters in the Kazan Arena tonight. La Roja fans certainly dominated the cityscape today in the inner city as well as around the Kazan Kremlin.


Warmups are complete now. Just a few moments before kickoff.

Both sides have finished their warmup. We are almost ready to go. Image by Manuel Veth

Both sides have finished their warmup. We are almost ready to go. Image by Manuel Veth


Kazan Arena is looking magnificent tonight.



The lineups are here. As expected Portugal will start with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva up front. Jose Fonte replaces the suspended Pepe. No major surprises in the Chile squad in the meantime.



Portugal v Chile will take place in the Kazan Arena. Located in the Republic of Tatarstan Kazan is an extraordinary location for this semi-final. The semi-independent Republic consists of 50% Muslims and has a strong multi-cultural feel.

Portugal v Chile will take place at the Kazan Arena (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Portugal v Chile will take place at the Kazan Arena (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)


We have arrived at the Kazan Arena. This certainly is a high-security match with wide parts of the surrounding area locked off. The media centre itself is packed for the showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Alexis Sánchez’s Chile. The two teams should be matched relatively even on paper. Portugal, however, are a younger side and have played more convincing football at this tournament. Chile in the meantime has somewhat disappointed and to the surprise of everyone only managed to finish their group in second place behind a relatively inexperienced German side.