Copa America 2019: Alexis Sanchez winner sends Chile into quarter-finals after 2-1 win over Ecuador

Salvador: Alexis Sanchez put a depressing membership season with Manchester United behind him as he despatched Chile into the Copa America quarter-finals with the successful purpose in Friday’s 2-1 win over Ecuador.

Jose Fuenzalida gave Chile an eighth-minute lead however Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador from the spot.

Chile high Group C of Copa America 2019 with two wins in two matches. (Reuters)

Sanchez bagged the winner however Chile completed with 10 males after Gabriel Achilier’s purple card a minute from time.

The 30-year-old Sanchez began solely 9 Premier League matches, scoring simply as soon as, in an injury-interrupted season for the Red Devils by which he struggled to make an influence when he did play.

But he scored for the second sport operating in Salvador as Chile joined Colombia as the one groups to qualify for the knock-out levels after their first two video games.

Chile high Group C with an ideal six factors forward of their conflict with Uruguay at Rio’s iconic Maracana on Monday.

Ecuador are left staring elimination within the face after a second straight defeat, figuring out they have to beat Japan in Belo Horizonte on Monday to face any likelihood of progressing.

Chile started as that they had left off of their 4-Zero thrashing of Japan final Monday, opening the scoring after simply eight minutes.

Ecuador made a hash of clearing a nook and Fuenzalida despatched an angled volley from the sting of the realm into the far backside nook.

Ecuador introduced the identical muscular strategy to the sport that had seen them decreased to 10 males of their opener in opposition to Uruguay — a 4-Zero loss.

Sebastian Mendez discovered himself within the referee’s e-book after simply three minutes for a sturdy problem on Charles Aranguiz.

However, it was Chile who had been fortunate to succeed in the break with a full complement after goalkeeper Gabriel Arias suffered two rushes of blood to the top.

First he clattered into Mendez inside the realm, permitting Valencia to chip dwelling the equalizer from the spot on 28 minutes.

Arias escaped additional sanction, although, and that saved him 5 minutes earlier than the break when he charged rashly out of his space to attempt to beat the speedy Romario Ibarra to the ball on the flank.

Ibarra went down from the slightest brush of contact and after a prolonged VAR delay, Arias was proven a yellow card.

In what proved a niggly encounter, referee Patricio Loustau confirmed 9 yellow playing cards and a purple.

Chile had been again in entrance early within the second interval after extra poor Ecuador defending.

Aranguiz was allowed to show and cross far too simply on the appropriate and Sanchez was left unmarked on the again submit to side-foot a volley past the despairing dive of Alexander Dominguez.

Ecuador had been bossing possession however had been toothless up entrance, whereas Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas offered far higher reduce and thrust for Chile.

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