Chilean, Portuguese ex-pats in full force

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

The support for Chile and Portugal so far has been impressive.

The two have arguably been the best-supported sides at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. And when they meet tonight (5:45 p.m. MT) at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the competition will not just be on the field, but also in the stands.

"Coming to Canada we knew there were big Portuguese communities in Toronto and Montreal," said Portuguese midfielder Feliciano Condesso. "Now here in Edmonton we know there is a large Portuguese community as well, so we are expecting a lot of support again."

Both Portuguese and Chilean communities are well represented in Edmonton.

They are both expected to come out in full force for tonight's game. The buzz has been building in the two respective communities since the match up was set. But unlike their Portuguese counterparts, Chileans have already had an opportunity to see their team play in Commonwealth Stadium.

Chile defeated Congo 3-0 in Edmonton last week. Because of the win, Chile booked a return trip to Commonwealth regardless of the result in their final group game in Toronto.

"I'm excited about being back in Edmonton," said Chilean goaltender Cristopher Toselli. "It always motivates you to play in a stadium that's going to be full and the people are constantly cheering. The last game here was great. And the two games in Toronto were great. We're very happy to have the support we've had so far in this tournament."

It was expected Portugal would have an opportunity to play in Commonwealth Stadium after the group stage. However the two-time tournament champions were not expected to be here as a third-place team.

"It's always good to have support from the Portuguese community," said goalie Igor Araujo. "We've had great support all throughout this tournament. It really motivates us when we're on the field."


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