VIDEOS: Alexis Sanchez shrugs off injury to score brace in Chile win over UruguayPublished November 16, 2016
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.
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.
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.
Alexis Sanchez first goal against Uruguay. Lovely 20 yard volley. Time for some rest, warrior. pic.twitter.com/CdD53t6ksl— Arsène Wenger (@WengersTouch) November 16, 2016
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.