Inter forward Alexis Sanchez was delighted to break his Argentina curse on Thursday by scoring in a 1-1 draw for Chile.

Sanchez had never found the net against the Albiceleste before but he opened the scoring in a FIFA World Cup qualifier, before Lionel Messi equalised.

Chile are preparing now for their next match against Bolivia, another qualifier, and then they will play the Copa America later this month.

“I needed to score a goal against them because I’d never done it,” Sanchez told reporters (via

“This makes me happy.

“Argentina are a great rival and we’re happy with the draw, although we’d have wanted to win.

“I’m happy for my teammates as well who made their debuts, now let’s focus on Bolivia.

“These matches help the new players learn, develop and gain confidence.”

Sanchez is widely reported to be at risk of leaving Inter this summer, as the Nerazzurri look to offload their highest earners and reduce their wage bill.

The 32-year-old is thought to have a big admirer in Simone Inzaghi, though, which could change his fate and allow him a third season at San Siro.

He scored seven goals in Serie A last season as Antonio Conte led Inter to their first league title in more than a decade.