Alexis Sanchez is a happy man this morning as Chile won the Copa America last night in a penalty shoot-out with Argentina.
The Arsenal man took some punishment on the night. Having gone into the game with a knock he suffered in training he was given some rough treatment by the Argentinian defenders, and also went over on his ankle at one point.
It must have been bad because he had to come off in the first period of extra-time, meaning one of Chile’s main penalty takers wouldn’t be available if it came to that. Remember, Alexis scored the winner in last year’s final.
The game ended scoreless and after Lionel Messi missed his spot-kick, Chile went on to win 4-2 in the shoot-out. Afterwards the Barcelona man announced his international retirement while his former teammate looked on, then celebrated with trophies and medals.
Posting on his Instagram, he said, “I don’t have the words. I just want to thank my teammates and all the people who supported us. Now Chileans, enjoy!!”
It’s Chile’s second consecutive Copa America triumph too.
Now, it’s time for him to get some proper rest. Let those aches and pains and niggles heal, and return to London to get a real pre-season under his belt before he’s back in action for us.