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Sanchez becomes Chile’s all-time top scorer

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Sanchez becomes Chile’s all-time top scorer
Alexis Sanchez: breaks record in Chile

Alexis Sanchez did not just make the headline for stabbing home Chile’s sixth minute goal against Germany, he also made history as his country’s  all-time top-scorer.

The Arsenal most valuable player got his  38th international goal in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

The Gunners’ star, voted man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence.

However, Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break to eventually share the points.

The result leaves Chile top of Group B on goal difference from Germany.

With both teams on four points, three ahead of Australia and Cameroon who drew 1-1 earlier, they are in pole position to reach next week’s semi-finals.

Germany play Cameroon on Sunday in Sochi while Chile face the Socceroos in Moscow.

Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi started with an experienced side, including nine of the team which beat Argentina on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.

After their opening 2-0 win over Cameroon, Chile took the lead with just six minutes gone.

There was nothing on when goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen harmlessly rolled the ball out towards Joshua Kimmich.

However, Kimmich’s Bayern Munich team-mate Arturo Vidal reacted fastest, deflected the ball into Sanchez’s path and the striker fired home off the inside of the post.

Despite the early scare, Germany regained their composure and pushed forward.

When Can broke into the Chile half, his pass to the left wing found Hector, whose hard, low cross was stabbed by Stindl past goalkeeper Johnny Herrera on 41 minutes.

It was Stindl’s second goal in Russia, after he opened the scoring against Australia, to make it 1-1 at the break.

 

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