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.

Chile will now play either Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final.