The Barcelona man's performance was set to be key with a place at the top of Group B at stake, and Goal cast their eye over one of the most exciting talents in world football...
|PERFORMANCE AGAINST NETHERLANDS
Though chances were hard to come by for either side, Sanchez was still able to showcase some of the ability that has seen him marked as one of South America's most talented individuals.
After being frustrated by a lack of balls over the top due to the deep-lying Dutch defence, he looked to come short as much as possible and pick up the ball facing his own goal to try and create something for his side.
Despite almost dropping into a midfield role he was tightly marked for the duration by Daley Blind, though the Chilean's quick feet meant the Ajax defender was penalised on numerous occasions for trips from behind on the winger, leading eventually to a deserved booking.
Once Leroy Fer gave the Netherlands the lead, Sanchez had numerous opportunities to deliver set-pieces into the box, but he lacked any real quality at dead ball situations as the game ran away from the South Americans.
He will have to provide much more if his side are to continue in the competition past the second round.
|HE'D BE PERFECT FOR...
Any club in need of a pacey winger or even central striker should have Sanchez in their thoughts given his ability to play right across the forward line.
It is no surprise that Juventus are in the race for signature as they look for a player who can allow them to dictate the pace of games in European football after a disappointing Champions League campaign in 2013-14.
Elsewhere, Liverool could well be interested should Luis Suarez leave the club for pastures new, and though his goalscoring record does not compare to the Uruguayan's, his speed and knack for picking the ball up between midfield and defence would certainly help fill any void left by the striker's departure.
If a move isn't on the cards, then he could certainly play a key role for Barcelona though he faces competition from Gerard Deulofeu, Pedro, Neymar and, of course, Lionel Messi for attacking berths.
|WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
With Barcelona claiming the former Udinese man is not for sale, Camp Nou looks the most likely place where he will be taking the field next season, but transfer matters are perenially open to change in the world of football.
Juventus are reportedly still keen as they look to establish themselves as a European force following a fine run of domestic success while recent reports have linked Manchester United with the 25-year-old. If true, Louis van Gaal will have been glad for this unofficial scouting brief.
Liverpool have also been touted as a possible destination should Luis Suarez go the other way, but with Luis Enrique set to oversee a period of rebuilding in Catalunya, Sanchez may well have a part to play in Barca's new era.