Photos: Arsenal hero Alexis Sanchez celebrates Chile's historic Copa America final victory

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Chile recorded a remarkable victory over Argentina on penalties to win the Copa America on Saturday night.

Chile clinched a historic Copa America victory by beating Argentina on penalties on Saturday, winning the final on home soil.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli went into the tournament with the weight of a nation's expectation on his shoulders, as hosts Chile were hoping to win their first ever Copa America tournament.

After finishing top of Group A with two wins and a draw, Chile saw off Uruguay and Peru to advance into the final against Argentina, who also needed to win a major tournament with Lionel Messi pulling the strings.

A tense 0-0 draw was played out in the capital Santiago on Saturday night, with the home fans on the edge of their seats - and that tension over got worse as the game went all the way to penalties.

After misses from Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega, Arsena's Alexis Sanchez stepped up to chip the ball into the goal and spark frenzied scenes both in and outside of the stadium.

Sanchez's success came just a matter of weeks after helping Arsenal win the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, meaning he and Gunners fans will be hoping that his run of winning silverware continues next season.

Here are some of the best pictures from a stunning night in Santiago, featuring Sanchez's delight and Messi's dejection after a dramatic shoot-out.

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