Alexis Sanchez put a miserable club season with Manchester United behind him as he sent Chile into the Copa America quarter-finals with the winning goal in Fridayâs 2-1 win over Ecuador.
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Jose Fuenzalida gave Chile an eighth-minute lead but Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador from the spot.
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Sanchez bagged the winner but Chile finished with 10 men after Gabriel Achilierâs red card a minute from time.
The 30-year-old Sanchez started only nine Premier League matches, scoring just once, in an injury-interrupted season for the Red Devils in which he struggled to make an impact when he did play
But he scored for the second game running in Salvador as Chile joined Colombia as the only teams to qualify for the knock-out stages after their first two games
Chile top Group C with a perfect six points ahead of their clash with Uruguay at Rioâs iconic Maracana on Monday
Ecuador are left staring elimination in the face after a second straight defeat, knowing they must beat Japan in Belo Horizonte on Monday to stand any chance of progressing
Chile began as they had left off in their 4-0 thrashing of Japan last Monday, opening the scoring after just eight minutes
Ecuador made a hash of clearing a corner and Fuenzalida sent an angled volley from the edge of the area into the far bottom corner