Record-breaker Sanchez has chilly response to query

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez slotting past Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to register his 38th international goal, breaking Marcelo Salas' 37-goal mark.
Chile forward Alexis Sanchez slotting past Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to register his 38th international goal, breaking Marcelo Salas' 37-goal mark.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

KAZAN • Alexis Sanchez refused to be drawn on his Arsenal future after becoming Chile's all-time top scorer in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup.

The striker scored his 38th international goal after capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence.

The previous national mark of 37 goals was scored by Marcelo Salas in 70 matches between 1994 and 2007.

Sanchez has yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners and pointedly ignored a question about his future as he accepted the Man of the Match award.

"I'm very happy to be Chile's top scorer now; our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance," he said.

Despite falling behind, inexperienced Germany fought back as Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break.

The result leaves South American champions Chile top of Group B on goal difference from the Germans.

With both teams on four points, three ahead of Australia and Cameroon who drew 1-1 earlier, they are in pole position to reach next week's semi-finals.

Germany play Cameroon tomorrow in Sochi while Chile face the Socceroos in Moscow.

Despite leaving all his World Cup-winning stars at home, Germany's coach Joachim Low was delighted by how his team - the youngest squad at the Cup - fared.

"I am very satisfied with my boys," he said.

"It was a game of the highest standard. Against a world-class team like Chile, you will always only get a few chances."

After their opening 2-0 win over Cameroon, Chile took the lead with just six minutes gone.

Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen rolled the ball out towards Joshua Kimmich, but Arturo Vidal deflected the ball into the path of Sanchez, who fired home.

Earlier, Australia's captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty as the Socceroos fought back to draw with Cameroon to leave both teams facing an early exit.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, 21, gave Cameroon the lead with a deft flick over Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan on the stroke of half-time in St Petersburg.

Milligan came to the Socceroos' rescue by slotting home a spot kick on 60 minutes as both sides picked up their first Confederation Cup point.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Record-breaker Sanchez has chilly response to query'. Print Edition | Subscribe