Alexis becomes Chile’s leading scorer

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Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time leading goal scorer last night when he netted after six minutes of last night’s 1-1 draw with Germany in the Confederations Cup.

The striker, who was playing despite a swollen ankle, beat Manuel Neuer at his near post with a left foot strike having taken advantage of terrible defending by Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi.

The centre-back first gave the ball away on the edge of his box and then attempted to atone for his mistake by ploughing through the back of Arturo Vidal (no bad thing, to be fair) only for the Bayern man to flick the ball back to Alexis who found the net via the woodwork. There was a brief pause while the referee checked the video replay before the goal was awarded.

The strike was Alexis’ 38th for La Roja in 113 appearances as he surpassed the previous record held by the legendary Marcelo Salas. During his 11 year international career he’s also led his country to two Copa America titles…it’s fair to say he’s going to be remembered back home for a very long time.

Chile and Germany both have four points in Group B of the Confederations Cup. Chile take on Australia next while the reigning World Champions face Cameroon.

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