VIDEOS: Alexis Sanchez shrugs off injury to score brace in Chile win over Uruguay

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If this is how Alexis Sanchez plays with an injury then imagine what a fully-fit Chilean nuisance could do. Such a thought would give Uruguayan defenders shivers. Although they’ll already be pretty shaken up after Sanchez scored two goals in a 3-1 World Cup Qualifying win for Chile over Uruguay last night.

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Uruguay had initially taken the lead before being pegged back by the hosts. Then a bit of brilliance from Alexis put them in front. The forward waited to receive a pass from a throw-in before letting the ball through his legs, spinning quickly and firing an unexpected shot past Fernando Muslera.

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The Uruguayan goalkeeper has faced criticism from some quarters for not getting down quick enough to the ball. However, credit to Sanchez for catching out a sleeping defence with his quick thinking.

The second goal that Sanchez scored, to double his country’s advantage, came courtesy of a wonderful through ball from Marcelo Diaz. The Celta Vigo midfielder lumped a volley pass forward to the feet of the Arsenal forward, who held off two defenders as he ran into the box and nudged a shot beyond Muslera.

Gooners will breathe a sigh of relief that their star man, who had been wearing a bandage around his thigh in training leading up to this game, not only emerged unscathed but proved his class without even being fully fit.

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