Alexis Sanchez helped Chile reach the Confederations Cup at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
- Alexis played 120 minutes in a cagey affair
- He scored in the penalty shoot-out
- Chile will play either Germany or Mexico in the final
Alexis played every minute of Chile’s semi-final tie against Portugal and scored during the penalty shoot-out.
In a game of few chances, the forward did his best to provide the spark and produced a lovely through-ball in the first-half for Eduardo Vargas. Unfortunately, Vargas’ effort was smothered by Rui Patricio.
Alexis was always a threat with his dribbling and eye for a pass but couldn’t win the game for Chile in normal time. The closest he came was a header that went inches past the post in the second-half.
The game went into extra-time and precious little happened until the very end when there was a flurry of Chile chances. Arturo Vidal struck the post with a long-range effort, with the rebound turned onto the bar by Martin Rodriguez.
Alexis had a late effort blocked and the game eventually went to penalties. It was a surprisingly quick shoot-out. Chile’s first three takers – Vidal, Aranguiz and Alexis – stepped up and converted their spot-kicks expertly.
Claudio Bravo proved to be the hero as he saved all three of Portugal’s penalties. While Joao Moutinho, Ricardo Queresma and Nani stepped-up and missed, Cristiano Ronaldo waited on the half-way line, no doubt hoping to be the fifth and decisive taker.
Faced 3⃣ penalties, saved 3⃣ penalties.
— #ConfedCup (@FIFAcom) June 28, 2017
Chile will now play either Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final.