Barça’s Sánchez Proves Stern Contest

[Clive Brunskill]

England 0-2 Chile

Alexis Sánchez scored an early and a late goal to see Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Fraser Forster’s first taste of international football end in a bitter defeat.

England were much less dangerous in the second half and after Frank Lampard came off, the match began to swerve Chile’s way permanently. Not many chances occurred in the second half, but in stoppage-time, Sánchez broke away again and chipped the ball over Forster. The match ended England 0-2 Chile. England have not lost by two goals ate Wembley since they were beaten by France in 1999.

England were on top in the first five minutes or so, but that was to be the only time that they were. Chile broke, and from Eugenio Mena’s cross, Sánchez headed past Forster for a seventh minute opener. The goal was Leighton Baines’ fault. Frank Lampard, the captain on the night who was ‘winning’ his 103rd cap, then struck a brilliant free-kick only to see it acrobatically saved by the Real Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. England kept trying and Adam Lallana came close, only to see his shot deflected wide for a corner. Jean Beausejour came close for Chile a few times as well, but he once overran and once had his shot parried by Forster. The half ended with Chile ahead.

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