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PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Alexis Sanchez was one of the players in the starting line-up picked by Pep Guardiola for the first leg of the last 16 round of the Champions League, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His participation from the start of the game at the Bay Arena marked his debut as a starter in a Champions League game. The Chilean striker responded with two very important goals that allowed him to open his scoring in the top European competition.

Alexis knows how it feels to come into the starting line-up and do well. He did it in the League against Villarreal, scoring one of the five Barça goals, and also in the King's Cup, when in January in Pamplona he was in the starting eleven for the first time in the competition, and scored one of the goals in the win there.

The Super Cup, the only exception

On August 14th Barça played Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and Alexis Sanchez was the surprise in the starting line-up. This is the only game where he made his debut as a starter and didn't score. In the other competitions, the European Super Cup and the World Club Championship, he either didn't play, or came on as a substitute.

Third leading scorer in the team

Alexis Sanchez has now scored 11 goals this season, with 8 in the League, 1 in the Kings Cup, and 2 in the Champions League. The striker stands as third top scorer in the team, behind Messi (38), and Cesc (15). Alexis is only 1 goal away from equalling the goals he scored last season with Udinese, where he scored 12 in all competitions.

Messi and Mascherano, with Argentina

Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano have been called up to play a friendly for Argentina on 29th February against Switzerland in Berne. Jonathan Dos Santos has also been called up to play for Mexico against Colombia in Miami. Remember that on Tuesday it became known that Alexis had been called up by Chile to play against Ghana in New Jersey, and Alves and Adriano were called up by Brazil to face Bosnia in St. Gallen (Switzerland). The matches will all be played in the last week of February.


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