Sanchez Scores A 51st-minute Winner Goal For Chile to Qualify For Quarter Finals

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez scored a 51st-minute winner to send the two-time defending champions into the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-1 victory as Chile moved into the Copa America quarter-finals over Ecuador. The goal was Sanchez's 43rd international goal in 126 total appearances for Chile, and also his second of the tournament.

The star attacker is again dealing with an ankle injury, although Rueda confirmed it was not the same setback he suffered late during the season with Manchester United.

Sanchez struck for the second time in as many games, his 51st-minute goal enough to see Chile onto six points and through from Group C.

Jose Fuenzalida's opener had earlier been cancelled out by an Enner Valencia penalty in an encounter that never reached any great heights in Salvador.

But Sanchez's goal put the two-time defending champions into the last eight with a game to spare in the group, with Gabriel Achilier seeing red late on for Ecuador. Sanchez suffered an ankle injury during Chile's win over Ecuador at the Copa America, coach Reinaldo Rueda confirmed.

"He was evaluated in the break and the doctor determined that he could continue," Rueda told a news conference. "It was very important what he offered. Fortunately, it was not the same ankle that was injured with Manchester United. "Now, we have to evaluate post-match and hopefully he can be in the next game with us."