Chile: Alexis helps La Roja to final

Alexis in action for Chile

Alexis started for Chile in their Copa America Centenario opener against tournament favourites Argentina and then helps La Roja to victory against Bolivia, Panama, Mexico and Colombia .  


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Thursday, June 23, Soldier Field, Chicago
Chile 2-0 Colombia  
Alexis made his 100th appearances for Chile as they beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-finals. Charles Aránguiz opened the scoring after seven minutes with a powerful effort, before Jose Pedro Fuenzalida doubled their advantage four minutes later, after Alexis had hit the post. The second half was postponed for two hours due to thunderstorms. Once play had resumed, Chile held on to their lead to set up a repeat of last year’s Copa America final with Argentina.  


Sunday, June 19, Levi's Stadium, California
Chile 7-0 Mexico 
Alexis scored and claimed two assists in Chile’s 7-0 win against Mexico in the Copa America quarter-finals. Edson Puch opened the scoring, before Alexis teed up Eduardo Vargas just before half-time. Alexis then hit the target shortly after the restart with a composed finish after combining with Arturo Vidal, and soon turned provider for Vargas’ second. Vargas completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute, before the forward then made it six. Puch got his second of the night to round off a convincing victory and send Chile into the semi-finals in style.  

Monday, June 15, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 
Chile 4-2 Panama 
Alexis scored two goals in Chile’s 4-2 win against Panama as they reached the Copa America quarter-finals. Miguel Camargo gave Los Canaleros a surprise lead in the fifth minute, but Eduardo Vargas struck twice in the first half to put Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side in front. Alexis then got on the scoresheet with a powerful volley in the 50th minute following a good cross from Vargas. Abdiel Arroyo pulled one back for Panama, but Alexis’ header from close range booked a quarter-final clash with Mexico.  

Saturday, June 11, Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts 
Chile 2-1 Bolivia
Alexis played the full 90 minutes of Chile’s 2-1 win against Boliva in the Copa America. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring when he combined with Mauricio Pinilla and slid the ball past goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. Jhasmani Campos levelled the scores with a wonderful free-kick, but Vidal scored his second of the night with a dramatic penalty in added time to keep alive Chile’s hopes of advancing from the group stage.  

Monday, June 6, Levi's Stadium, California
Argentina 2-1 Chile
Alexis impressed but Chile's defence of the Copa America started with a 2-1 loss against Argentina. In a re-run of the 2015 final, Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega scored either side of half-time to put last year's beaten finalists in control. Jose Fuenzalida pulled one back in second-half stoppage time but could not prevent La Roja from defeat.

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