Alexis Sanchez's Penalty Kick Gave Me Unbelievable Joy, Says Argentine.


Chile national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli has stated that Alexis Sanchez's superb penalty kick which saw his side win their first Copa America trophy gave him 'unbelievable joy'.

Chile who hosted this year's edition of the tournament were on a 0-0 tie with Argentina after extra-time, making the game move into a shootout session. Lionel Messi was the only one who scored out of all Argentine stars who were involved in the exercise and that made them lose 4-1 to Chile.

Alexis Sanchez took the decisive kick, the last for the night. The Arsenal forward hit the winning spot-kick with a cheeky Panenka to spark wild celebrations in Santiago, the Chilean capital.

Speaking on the team's achievement at a post-match press conference, the 55-year-old Argentine said: "Alexis' penalty gave me unbelievable joy. "These players did a great job. They went out in search of this Copa. I didn't see one play in the whole competition to suggest that Chile was not better than their rivals."

"I want to enjoy this moment with my players," Sampaoli said. "To have won the Copa America here in Chile, with the people euphoric... I want to say thank you to my players for allowing me to be part of that."

The Chile national team manager went on to say that Chile were the better side all through the game and believes their penalty shootout win was a reward for their tremendous efforts.

"In terms of attacking volume, Chile were superior to Argentina," he said. "We were able to dominate with the ball against a powerful team like Argentina. Chile played a great game and we had the opportunity to win it over the 90 minutes. I take my hat off to these players.

"The penalties did us justice in the end because that was the right result. Chile offered more in the game than Argentina."

"The idea was for us to be the protagonist so the rival wouldn't be able to dominate the play," he said. "If that happens, Messi shows you why he is the best in the world. The idea was to press high up the pitch and come out playing the ball. There was more effort and more commitment from us throughout the match."

On if he will continue coaching the side, he reesponded: "I just want to enjoy this moment. I wil analyse everything else later on."

The win of Saturday night wasn't just their first Copa America trophy win but also their first trophy in their entire history. It was cool to see our player making history.

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