Copa America: Man United flop Alexis Sanchez sends Chile into the quarter-finals

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Alexis Sanchez scored the winner as Chile moved into the Copa America quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador.

The Manchester United forward netted six minutes into the second half for his second goal of the tournament, moving the two-time defending champions on to six points and the lead in Group C.

Jose Pedro Fuenzalida opened the scoring after just seven minutes as Chile made a perfect start to the match in Salvador, but that lead was cancelled out when Enner Valencia converted from the spot in the 26th minute.

Goalkeeper Gabriel Arias took down Jhegson Mendez to concede the penalty and Valencia struck straight down the middle to put Ecuador back into the game.

Chile reclaimed the lead early after the break, however, as Sanchez beat the keeper off a cross from Charles Aranguiz in the 51st minute.

Erick Pulgar had a chance in the 64th minute as Chile managed to control the late stages of the match and put themselves in a commanding position with one game still to play.

Ecuador finished with 10 men when Gabriel Achilier was shown a red card in the 89th minute, with the game seeing a total of nine yellow cards.

In their final game, Chile will face Uruguay in a decider for the group top spot, while Ecuador, who are yet to earn a point, will take on Japan.

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Copa America: Barcelona hero Lionel Messi nets second-half penalty to keep Argentina alive

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Lionel Messi scored on a second-half penalty and kept Argentina’s hopes of clearing the Copa America’s group stages alive in their 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Richard Sanchez had opened the scoring in Belo Horizonte to put Paraguay ahead in the 37th minute.

Argentina’s opportunity to level up came just before the hour after the Video Assistant Referee picked up a handball by Paraguay’s Ivan Peris.

While bottom of Group B, a win over Qatar in the final group game could give La Albiceleste a ticket to the quarter-finals, if they finish the stage as one of the two best teams to place third in their group.

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Watch: Mohamed Salah and Egypt train ahead of Africa Cup of Nations opener v Zimbabwe

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Drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group A, Egypt trained on Wednesday ahead of their opener against Zimbabwe.

Following a disappointing performance at the World Cup last year, Egypt brought in former Mexico and Atletico Madrid head coach Javier Aguirre – who also enjoyed a successful spell with Al Wahda in the UAE.

Since his arrival Egypt have scored 20 goals in their last eight matches, and he will be looking to their star forward Mohamed Salah to replicate the form that saw him net 22 times for Champions League-winning Liverpool this season.

Egypt, hosting the Africa Cup of Nations for a record fifth time, are aiming to win the tournament for the eighth time.


Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are also competing in Group A.









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