Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez shares his Copa America delight on Instagram

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Scorer of the winning penalty, Alexis Sanchez shared his joy as Chile won the Copa America.

The tension couldn't have been any greater between host nation Chile and tournament favourites Argentina, as they locked horns in the Copa America final.

Keen to make the most of home advantage and the encouragement of their fans, Chile had the upper hand for much of the encounter against Argentina, but despite stronger possession and more chances, the game remained deadlocked after ninety minutes.

Extra-time couldn't separate the two sides either, meaning that in the end, glory or disappointment would all come down to the lottery of penalties, after both teams had encountered glorious opportunities to win, before the final whistle was blown.

From the spot, only Lionel Messi could find the back of the net for Argentina, whilst for Chile, the aim of Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz was true.

The decisive kick rested at the feet of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez... and he took it with aplomb. Cool as you like, Panenka style, the 26-year-old sent the fans into raptures, nestling the ball into the back of the net.

Jubilant celebrations ensued as the Chile players mobbed Alexis, with the nation having won the Copa America tournament for the first time in their history.

After the game and clearly delighted to have played his part, Alexis Sanchez sent out a message to fans and followers on Instagram, gold winners medal clenched between his teeth and proudly holding the trophy.

One simple message: "Champions..."

 

CAMPEONES ...

A photo posted by Alexis Sanchez (@alexis_officia1) on

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