Arsenal ace tops his country’s goalscoring chart



Group stages of the Confederations Cup continued in Russia on Thursday with some of Arsenal stars on display at the pre-world Cup tournament.

Gunners striker Alexis Sanchez played the full 90 minutes of his country’s 1-1 draw with Germany and set a new record by becoming Chile’s all-time top scorer with 38 goals.

Chile took the lead in the sixth minute when Sanchez capitalised after swapping passes with Arturo Vidal, prodding home the game’s opening goal. Lars Stindl tapped in an equaliser from close range for world champions Germany as the game ended all-square.

Sánchez, 28, made his international debut for the Chile national team against New Zealand on 27 April 2006 when he was 18 years old.

He was called up by the coach José Sulantay to represent the Chilean under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, where they finished third.

After his participation in the youth championship, Sánchez scored his first senior international goal in a 2–1 loss against Switzerland on 7 September 2007. He scored three times during La Roja’s successful 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and appeared on every match during the tournament finals in South Africa.


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