Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was in top form as he helped host nation Chile defeat Argentina 4-1 on penalties to win their first ever Copa America title.
The 26-year-old has capped off a dream past 12 months, excelling in his debut season for the Gunners and topping off the summer with an FA Cup and Copa America triumph.
In a report published by the Spanish paper AS during midweek, the former Barcelona star was said to be dissatisfied with his performances for Chile during this summer’s big international competition.
Heading into the final he had scored just the once in five matches, yet regardless of his lack of prolificacy in front of goal, Sanchez’s endeavour, tireless running and creativity has been just as important.
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As per the table above, the Gunners’ favourite was in the thick of the action once more and Argentina at times simply couldn’t contain him, not without committing a foul.
Going forward, Sanchez created three chances for his teammates and completed a team-high five successful dribbles, just two short of his former club teammate Lionel Messi.
Sanchez recorded 87 touches in total, making 48 accurate passes with an average success rate of 81.3%, bettering Argentina’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner in each category.
With the final going the distance and into a penalty shootout, it was the hosts who held their nerve as Chile dispatched their rivals 4-1, the winning goal coming courtesy of Sanchez’s cheeky yet wonderful Panenka.
It was a crowning moment and fitting finale for player, team and nation as La Roja finally lived up to their true potential and ended the long wait to win their first ever Copa America title.