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OnScene: ESPN FC's Confederations Cup updates from Russia - Semifinals

ESPN FC is "OnScene" in Russia for the Confederations Cup. 

We're down to the final four, with the semifinals beginning on Wednesday when Portugal meet Chile in Kazan. The following day, Sochi hosts Germany vs. Mexico. 

Stay in touch with everything our correspondents have been getting up to.


Semifinal: Germany vs. Mexico (Sochi, 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET)

On the way to Fisht

A pleasant surprise

Mark's first port of call

Sochi. A Winter Olympic venue, with palm trees....

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Sochi, with a little bit of snow on the mountains...

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Sochi at night

Bright lights in Kazan


Semifinal: Portugal vs. Chile (Kazan, 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET)

Time for some picks!

Looking ahead to today's showdown

Mark Ogden discusses the uncertainties surrounding stadiums such as Fisht Stadium in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Weighing up Mexico's line-up opions vs. Germany

Gab Marcotti reports that Russia has outsourced security to the Autobots

Jonas Hector on Germany's U21 semi vs. England ending as expected

Chicharito and Osorio had to wait to begin their prematch chat

Technical difficulties holding up Javier Hernandez and JC Osorio's press conference. Osorio using time to check over his notes #eltrieng ����

One fearless local wows Sochi with a bellyflop outside the stadium

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Nick Ames has a brief stop-off en route to Kazan for tonight's game

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Will Russia's stadia be ready for the World Cup?

The latest on El Tri ahead of Thursday's game

Liverpool's Emre Can finds time to stoke up a transfer rumour

It's not quite Copacabana, but Sochi's stadium is right on the Black Sea

Germany's players train against a lovely backdrop

Sochi is an enigma of a place -- mixing snowy mountains and palm trees


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Last night Nick Ames was leaving, on that midnight train to... er, Kazan

For all the latest on the Confederations Cup, check out our index. Can Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo add yet another trophy to his collection? Will South American champions Chile prevail? Or might a young German side come of age? 

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