Our football match prediction:
South American champions Chile have all but secured their place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals after the 1-1 draw with world champions Germany. Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez became the Chile all-time leading top scorer thanks to his goal against Die Mannschaft, but it wasn’t enough to see Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men record a win since Germany fought back through Lars Stindl for a draw that leaves both Chile and Germany with one foot in the next stage of the competition. Chile now need at least a point against brave Australians, who failed to win any of their Confederations Cup matches. Ange Postecoglou’s men did not disappoint, however, as they presented themselves as an exciting team to watch and an attack-oriented unit, capable of creating some problems for their more illustrious opponents. We don’t expect to see problems for Chile, and the South American side should secure their semi-final berth without issues.
Highlighted Player (Arturo Vidal):
Arturo Vidal is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Colo-Colo. In 2007 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen. After making 117 league appearances for the Bundesliga outfit from 2007 to 2011, he joined Juventus on 22 July, 2011 for a fee of €10.5 million. Vidal won four Serie A trophies with the Bianconeri and he participated in the Champions League final against Barcelona on 6 June, 2015. The Serie A giants, though, were beaten by Barca in the title game. In the summer of 2015 he moved to Bayern Munich and he won the Bundesliga trophies with Pep Guardiola’s team in the 2015/2016 season. Speaking of his international career, Vidal won two Copa America trophies with Chile (2015, 2016). The Chilean ace is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both as defensive at attacking midfielder as well. His contract with Bayern Munich expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Australia):
Australia are a member of the Asian Football Confederation as they left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. The Socceroos made it to the World Cup finals for the first time back in 1974, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament in Germany. In 2006, though, the Australians did well to advance to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup, but eventual champions Italy proved to be a big catch for Guus Hiddink’s troops. Australia participated at the World Cup finals in 2010 and 2014 as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively. In 2015 the Socceroos won the Asian Cup trophy, with the team beating South Korea in the title game and that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. Tim Cahill is considered one of the most famous footballers that played for Australia and it has to be noted that the former Premier League star scored his 48th goal for the Socceroos in a 1-0 win over UAE in September, 2016.