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Copa America: Doubles from Sanchez, Vargas lead Chile into quarters

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas both scored twice as Chile defeated Panama 4-2 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario.

football Updated: Jun 15, 2016 11:17 IST
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Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal.
Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal.(AP)

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas both scored twice as Chile defeated Panama 4-2 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario.

The defending champions responded to the shock of falling behind to a shock Miguel Camargo goal after only five minutes with two goals by Vargas before Arsenal star Sanchez grabbed a third in the Group D game.

Sanchez added his second in the 89th minute to complete the scoring.

The Chileans will meet Group C winners Mexico in the quarter-finals on Saturday, with Argentina facing Venezuela the same day, thanks to their 3-0 win over Bolivia to top Group D earlier on Tuesday.

Chile meanwhile advance to the quarter-finals still searching for their best form after twice conceding against modest opponents who were thumped 5-0 by Argentina in their previous outing.

The Chileans were given a scare early on when Camargo gave the Panamanians an early lead. Chile defender Gonzalo Jara was the culprit, giving away possession with a lazy pass out of defence that allowed Panama to pounce.

The ball arrived at Camargo’s feet and the midfielder let fly with a venomous low shot which Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo failed to grasp to leave Panama 1-0 up.

Chile hit back quickly, however, levelling through Vargas, who tapped in from close range after Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo could only half block a Sanchez shot.

Gary Medel should have headed Chile into the lead on 38 minutes, stealing in unmarked at the back post but heading over from a Sanchez corner.

Yet two minutes before the break, Chile took the lead, Vargas heading in a cross from the left for 2-1.

Five minutes into the second half, it was 3-1. Vargas picked out Sanchez with a lofted pass from one side of the penalty area to the other and the Arsenal star showed great technique to lash a first-time volley into the roof of the net.

Chile were jolted by a second Panama goal on 75 minutes, when Abdiel Arroyo headed in a free-kick from Ricardo Buitrago to make it 3-2 but finished on top to seal the win when Sanchez added his second.