Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Chile defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
The forward only just returned from a hamstring injury with the club warning Chile not to risk him. Sanchez played anyway, and he was heavily strapped yet he scored two times in 16 minutes. He received an overwhelming standing ovation when he exited the pitch in the 84th minute.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned sternly that playing in the game would be a “suicidal decision” for Sanchez as it might leave him with a more serious injury. Wenger was not ready to risk the striker as it could impact Arsenal’s title chase in a very competitive term. Sanchez’s display will allay the French tactician’s fears going into the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Edison Cavani opened scoring for Uruguay within 15 minutes before Chile got an equalizer just before the recess. Eduardo Vargas’ header did the magic, and Sanchez put them ahead in the 60th minute. He got the second goal as well, sending fans wild. Everyone knew what a victory would do to their World Cup hopes, particularly as they battle Argentina for a spot in Russia 2018. Continue reading SANCHEZ SCORES TWICE IN 3-1 URUGUAY WIN
The Peru national team moved up several places in the just released FIFA ranking of countries.
The country climbed up 14 spots, likely following from their victory over Brazil at the recently concluded Copa America Centenario at the United States. In the group stage, Peru were not given a chance ahead of the continental tournament but they went on record sterling records.
Peru defeated Haiti and Brazil at the tournament and played a draw against Ecuador. This year’s edition held by Conmebol and Concacaf was in celebration of the centennial edition of the tournament. Based on the decent results at the games, Peru moved up to the 34th position with 765 points. The ranking in the world depends on the team’s total number of point gained from matches over a four year period, according to FIFA.
Argentina ranked number one, despite losing the Copa America final to Chile for the second successive year. Surprisingly, Belgium were still in second place despite their loss to Wales at the quarter final stage of the Euro 2016. Columbia were in third place and Germany followed closely, despite their semi final crash to host of the Euro 2016, France.
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Peru has announced their final squad for the Copa America which will be taking part in the United States as from the 3rd June.
23 players have been selected by the Peruvian coach Ricardo Gareca. He said that he has chosen the best players at the moment, and he believes that they can go far in the tournament.
Players such as Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, and Juan Manuel Vargas are all excluded from the side that will participate in the Copa America since the coach wanted to give younger players a chance to represent their country. This is no surprise since they were not included in the 40-players squad that was announced in April.
This might come as a deception for Claudio Pizarro, who was hoping that he could participate in his last Copa America tournament at 37-years old.
Instead, the coach placed his trust in younger players such as Alejandro Hohberg, Luiz da Silva, Armando Alfageme, Luis Abram and Carlos Caceda, who have yet to make their debut for their country. This is clearly in line with the coach philosophy of not only trying to do well in the Copa America but also build a team for the future. Continue reading Peru has finalized their squad for the Copa America