Peru fans attempted to put a curse on Alexis Sanchez prior to their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile on Tuesday night - but that didn’t stop the in-form Arsenal forward from producing a Man of the Match performance in Lima.
Sanchez scored two goals before half-time, and provided an assist for Eduardo Vargas after the break, as Chile ran out 4-3 winners in a pulsating match. (You can see the goals by scrolling down this page).
Alexis’s first goal was a beautiful first-time finish past Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, while his second was a similarly stylish shot into the bottom corner of the net.
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The 26-year-old took to Instagram after the match, posting a photo of himself and all of his Chilean teammates inside the dressing room.
In the caption section, Alexis applauded his team for fighting to the very end for all three points, and added: “Today we are what we are because of us, nobody has given us anything. THANKS ... Enjoy all Chileans.”
Sanchez's first goal
Sanchez's second goal
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Sanchez has now scored nine goals in his previous five matches - following his hat-trick against Leicester City, a goal against Olympiakos and a brace against Manchester United before the international break - and will subsequently be full of confidence ahead of the Gunners’ next Premier League fixture against Watford this weekend.
On this type of form, the former Barcelona and Udinese star is near enough impossible to stop - and Arsene Wenger will be delighted that his star man has hit top gear again following a relatively slow start to the season.
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