After becoming Chile's top-scorer with a goal in 1-1 draw against Germany, midfielder Alexis insists South Americans have a good shot at the title
Chile midfielder Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal against Germany during the Confederations Cup match on Thursday. Pic/ Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez said Chile has a chance to win the title after becoming country's all-time top-scorer in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup.
The Gunners' star, voted man of the match, became Chile's all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal after capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence.
Sanchez has yet to sign a new deal with Arsenal and pointedly ignored a question about his future as he accepted the man-of-the-match award. “I'm very happy to be Chile's top-scorer now, our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance,” said Sanchez.
Despite falling behind, inexperienced Germany fought back as Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break.
Chile edge ahead
The result leaves South American champions Chile top of Group B on goal difference from the Germans.
With both teams on four points, three ahead of Australia and Cameroon who drew 1-1 earlier, they are in pole position to reach next week's semi-finals.
Germany play Cameroon tomorrow in Sochi while Chile face the Socceroos in Moscow.
Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi started with an experienced side, including nine of the team which beat Argentina on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.
After their opening 2-0 win over Cameroon, Chile took the lead with just six minutes gone. Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen rolled the ball out towards Joshua Kimmich, but Arturo Vidal deflected the ball into Sanchez's path and the striker fired home.
Germans rally to score
Despite the early scare, Germany regained their composure and pushed forward.
When Can broke into the Chile half, his pass to the left wing found Hector, whose hard, low cross was stabbed by Stindl past goalkeeper Johnny Herrera on 41 minutes.