Sanchez inspires Chile to 4-3 win over Peru

Published 10/14/2015, 2:54 AM EDT
Chile’s Alexis Sanchez (C) celebrates his goal against Peru during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Nacional stadium in Lima, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo


LIMA (Reuters) – Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals each as Chile beat Peru 4-3 for their second successive victory in the South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

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Chile’s Alexis Sanchez (L) celebrates with teammates his goal against Peru during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Nacional stadium in Lima, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

The victory puts the Copa America winners, who beat Brazil 2-0 last week, level on six points with Uruguay and Ecuador at the top of the 10-nation group standings.

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Chile took an early lead when a through ball from Mauricio Isla found Sanchez in the box and he slotted past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

Peru’s Paolo Guerrero (R) shoots to score a goal next to Chile’s Gary Medel during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Nacional stadium in Lima, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peru equalised in the 10th minute through Jefferson Farfan but were reduced to 10 men in the 23rd minute after Christian Cueva was sent off for a kick at Jorge Valdivia.

They still managed to grab the lead when Farfan converted a 36th-minute penalty.

Peru’s Jefferson Farfan (C) celebrates with teammates his goal against Chile during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Nacional stadium in Lima, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Chile pulled level four minutes before halftime when striker Vargas scored from Valdivia’s pass and went ahead with Sanchez’s second goal in the 44th.

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Vargas scored his second four minutes into the second half after running onto a pass from Sanchez and wrong footing Gallese.

Chile’s goalie Claudio Bravo celebrates 4th goal against Peru during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Nacional stadium in Lima, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

A double save by Gallese from Arturo Vidal then Valdivia prevented Chile from scoring a fifth after an hour and Paolo Guerrero struck Peru’s third in added time.

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(Writing by Rex Gowar; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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