Arsene Wenger feared the worst when Alexis Sanchez was declared fit to play ahead of Chile’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday night.
The veteran French coach warned that playing Sanchez could be a “suicidal decision” with the potential to leave the player sidelined for months.
However, Alexis started the match and scored two goals in the second half to help secure a precious 3-1 win for his national team in Santiago.
Job done - or so Chile’s head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi thought.
Video: Alexis' furious reaction to Uruguay penalty
Alexis was substituted with six minutes left on the clock but, in the 89th minute, Uruguay were awarded a penalty.
Fearing Chile were on the verge of capitulating, Sanchez reacted furiously inside the dugout.
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His was filmed punching the glass panel next to him before screaming in anger. His teammates, meanwhile, ignored his tantrum - which was probably the smart thing to do.
Claudio Bravo saved the penalty
Fortunately for Chile and Pizzi, though, Claudio Bravo bailed his team out by saving Luis Suarez’s penalty.
Chile secured all three points and now sit fourth in the South American World Cup qualification table, behind Ecuador, Uruguay and leaders Brazil.
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