Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored twice as defending champions Chile won 4-2 against Panama to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario. His first goal and Chile’s third was the pick of the bunch. It came from a breakaway with hat-trick-chasing Eduardo Vargas squaring a pass on the edge of the box for Sanchez, who volleyed home into the roof of the net.
Sanchez grabbed his second goal with a brilliant accurate header to make it 4-2, sealing the holders’ place in the last-eight. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be delighted with the form of his star forward, but will also be mindful of his physical condition upon his return to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Chile will now face Mexico in the Copa America quarter-final on Sunday, 19 June, and are 19/10 to win in 90 minutes. Sanchez was inconsistent for Arsenal in 2015/16, but he’s been bang in form for his country. Chile boast a strong squad of talent, with the likes of Sanchez, Vargas and Arturo Vidal making up a formidable outfit.
Argentina are favourites to win Copa America with the ease in which they’ve progress to the quarter-finals, but Chile as holders remain the team to beat regardless. Sanchez could well be the difference now he’s back among the goals.