The confederations cup has reached the penultimate stage before the final showpiece on Sunday and many bookmakers would have put their money on the teams who made it through, so no real surprises there.
Sadly the host Russia weren’t able to make it to this round although they started well and put up a good fight. We are left now with European champions Portugal who will be facing the ever strong south American champions Chile while the young German squad will face Mexico. I will briefly look into this two fixtures and try to predict who will come out on top in those games.
CHILE VS PORTUGAL
The European team captained by Cristiano Ronaldo and coached by Fernando Santos managed to top group A just edging out mexico on goal difference after they beat the hosts in a thrilling encounter and they showed why they are Europe’s top team. Chile on the other hand have been one of the tournament’s finest showings but unlike portugal who don’t need to play well to get a win, Chile’s performances haven’t been backed up by their results.Chile’s high press will shake portugal a bit, but what portugal lack at the back they make up for it forward. I strongly feel it’ll be a really be a strong encounter which could go all the way giving the stubbornness of both teams. The match may exceed normal time and although we may have a winner in extra time I think this match has penalties written all over it.
PREDICTION: 1-1 Chile to win on penalties
GERMANY VS MEXICO
Germany against the odds topped their group to the surprise of many and the experiment of Johacim Leow has worked perfectly up until now with his young boys showing a lot of zest and determination to over come various obstacles. The team has been somewhat shaky in defense and have been unable to keep a clean sheet. Their sloppyness at the back will benefit Mexico who are very energetic, fast and good attack wise, their high press will pose germany threats. I’m guessing majority of the world (me especially) would love to see mexico defeat Germany but there is just something the Germans have which no one knows but it’ll be enough for thme to progress to the final. Mexico will have most of the game but I smell a win for Germany
PREDICTION: 2 -1 win to Germany.