Confederations Cup Social Diary: Ronaldo strikes a pose, Chile reminisce and mum's the word

From striking poses to acrobatic volleys, we take you through the best social offerings from the Confederations Cup on semi-final eve.

Day 11 at Confederations Cup 2017 is done and, thank goodness, we have some football back tomorrow in the first of the semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal brought a new meaning to "game face" as they took time out from their final preparations for the showdown with Chile in Kazan.

Germany and Mexico do battle a day later and Die Mannschaft centre-back Shkodran Mustafi found time to send the loveliest message home – via the medium of social media which, of course, makes it our concern.


Right then, Cristiano and co – say cheese? Strike the pose? Who knows?

Opponents Chile celebrated a landmark achievement from a year ago as they bid for another piece of silverware.

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was back in the Chile line-up following injury for their draw with Australia and he warmed his palms on a beautiful Kazan evening.

Meanwhile, over in Sochi, Mexico striker Raul Jimenez had a taste for the spectacular.


Raúl Jiménez durante el entrenamiento de la SNM, previo al duelo ante Alemania en las semifinales de la #ConfedCup

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Jimenez could come up against Arsenal centre-back Mustafi, who discussed everything from his funniest team-mates to his favourite song in a Twitter Q&A. The answer on who his idol is was enough to warm the coldest of hearts.

Germany were given all the inspiration they need after their Under-21 counterparts saw off England to get to the final of the European Championship. Yes, of course, they did it on penalties.