Photo: Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez celebrates with Colombia teammates after upset win over Brazil

Colombia Fans

The 29-year-old midfielder was named man of the match after helping his side beat the Selecao 1-0 in Wednesday night's Copa America clash.

"Not only have I been the man of the match, today we are all men of the match. Excellent match my band!"

Aston Villa’s Carlos Sanchez and his Colombia teammates had good reason to celebrate on Wednesday night after securing a 1-0 Copa America victory over Brazil in Santiago, Chile.

Defender Jeison Murillo gave Colombia the lead in the 36th-minute of their Group C clash with a close-range finish, as Sanchez’s side went on to claim their first win over the Selecao since 1991.

The Villa midfielder himself earned widespread plaudits and even the man of the match award on the night, having impressively marked Barcelona superstar Neymar out of the game.

The Brazil skipper, who was sent off at the end of stoppage-time after picking up a second booking, was reduced to a peripheral figure for the 90 minutes, as Sanchez shadowed him throughout and got stuck in when needed to frustrate the opposition’s talisman.

Having forked out £4.7 million for his signature last August on the back of his excellent World Cup campaign, Villa will be pleased to see their man stealing the show at another major tournament following an up-and-down first season in England.

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Tackles GAMEDuels Won GAMEInterceptions GAMEBall Recoveries GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Carlos Sánchez MF Aston Villa 1 0 9 83% 2.75 5.89 1.36 6.11 28 1,985

The former Elche ace made 33 total appearances and scored one goal but, aside from an impressive run of form through the festive period, flattered to deceive for the most part.

However, he still looks to be a part of new boss Tim Sherwood’s plans and the claret and blue faithful will be hoping that last night’s showing was a sign of things to come next term.

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