Alexis Sanchez wins Copa America with 'Panenka' penalty

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What a season it has been for Alexis Sanchez.

The Chile star left Barcelona after finding himself as something of a bit-part player behind the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi but has emerged as a true superstar with his new club Arsenal.

He inspired the Gunners to their second FA Cup trophy in two seasons and, last night, shot his stock even higher by scoring the winning penalty to win Chile their first Copa America title.


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Having ground out a tight 0-0 result against favourites Argentina, it came down to an old fashioned penalty shootout to decide the biggest football tournament in both South and North America.

Missed kicks from Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, Ever Banega gave Sanchez the chance to wrap up the shootout and he stepped up looking nervous.

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Calmness personified

However, his decision to execute a 'Panenka' penalty proved that he was calmness personified as he sent Chile into all-night pandemonium.

Of course, his decision to take such a penalty was made easier by the fact that Chile had two penalties to win the match but missing it would have left the fifth penalty-taker with a mountain of pressure.

It was not the best executed chip we have ever seen, but it crossed the line and, as the old saying goes, a good penalty is one that goes in.

Take a look at his effort here

(Scroll to 2:30 to see Alexis Sanchez's effort)

This guy isn't impressed

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