Alexis Sanchez made his Chile return as his nation overcame Mexico 1-0 in a friendly on Tuesday.
In his first appearance for Chile since March, Sanchez enjoyed some good moments in Santiago de Queretaro.
But while he was unable to provide the goals coach Reinaldo Rueda wanted, he helped set up Nicolas Castillo's 89th-minute winner for Chile.
Castillo capitalised on a parry by Mexico goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez to score just his second international goal.
Mexico made a bright start before Chile almost took the lead after a quarter of an hour, Mauricio Isla firing wide from inside the area after an Arturo Vidal pass.
The opening half-hour was largely open, and the hosts went close through Marco Fabian, whose low side-footed strike was pushed away by Brayan Cortes in the 19th minute.
Both teams lacked a final pass, with Sanchez twice wasting decent opportunities to provide for Chile.
However, Sanchez created a great chance for the visitors seven minutes before half-time, the Manchester United attacker setting up Junior Fernandes, who was denied by a brilliant low save by Gonzalez.
It was Mexico who started the second half well, and Raul Jimenez put a header over the bar in the 49th minute.
Gonzalez kept the hosts level midway through the second half, diving to his left to push away an Angelo Sagal header after Sanchez had released Eugenio Mena to cross.
Paulo Diaz had an effort ruled out for offside with 14 minutes remaining, but Chile found a winner.
Sanchez's well-weighted touch set up Castillo, whose 20-yard strike was parried by Gonzalez, the striker getting to the rebound quickest to tuck away the winner.
¡Finalizó en Querétaro! #LaRoja triunfó ante @miseleccionmx por 1-0 y sigue con su preparación para los próximos desafíos internacionales.— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) October 17, 2018
¡A seguir por este camino, muchachos! #VamosChile pic.twitter.com/zkRnVbnhmf
What does it mean: Chile still struggling in attack
Sanchez's return provided Rueda's side with a spark, but they still reached no great heights in attack. Chile have now scored just eight goals in eight games since the start of the year.
Sanchez shows good signs
Already under fire for his club performances this season, Sanchez was good in different patches against Mexico. While his final pass was lacking at times, he also set up one of Chile's best chances for Fernandes before having a hand in the winner.
Chile give Rueda much-needed win
Rueda took charge of Chile in January, but the win was just his third from eight games in charge. Castillo's late winner was a much-needed one for Rueda as Chile look for form and confidence with the Copa America just eight months away.
Mexico will face Argentina in two friendlies next month, while Chile take on Costa Rica and Honduras.
21 de mayo 2019
|Leinster and Ireland prop Healy signs new two-year deal|
|Firmino trains alongside Liverpool team-mates|
|England´s Parris joins Champions League winners Lyon|
|I´ve lived the dream - Wallabies legend Smith retires|
|A legend has left us - Button, Howard, Schwarzenegger pay tribute to F1 great Niki Lauda|
|Inspirational athlete and entrepreneur Lauda leaves lasting legacy|
|Arsenal´s Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final in Baku|
|Giroud extends Chelsea contract|
|De Ligt drops Barcelona hint: It would be nice to play with Frenkie|
|Griezmann rejection ´hurt´ Barcelona, says Xavi|
|Rosberg ´strongly inspired´ by Lauda|
|Borussia Dortmund sign Germany defender Schulz|
|My blood is blue - Giroud relishing facing Arsenal in Europa League final|
|Wolff: Mercedes has lost a guiding light in legendary Lauda|
|Archer, Dawson named in England squad|
|Niki Lauda: Hill mourns ´remarkable´ three-time F1 champion|
|Bale named in Wales training squad amid Madrid exit speculation|
|Osasuna seal LaLiga return|
|Don´t underrate Warriors´ five straight NBA Finals – Kerr|
|Mets snap five-game losing streak|
|Warriors first team to five straight NBA Finals since 1966 Celtics|
|Green plans to fly out reporter for NBA Finals: You were good luck today|
|Three takeaways from Warriors´ sweep of Trail Blazers|
|Curry & Warriors team-mate Green make NBA playoff history|
|Warriors sweep Trail Blazers to reach NBA Finals|
|Mbappe wanted Madrid but PSG convinced him to stay – Emery|
|Pelinka: Lakers can win NBA championship next year|
|Three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda dies aged 70|
|Pochettino or Sarri for Juve? We´ll see – Lippi|
|Buccaneers release McCoy after nine seasons|
|England want to leave Europe and they´re in two finals – Mancini jokes about Brexit|
|Raptors star Leonard ´will be ready´ to face Bucks – Nurse|
|Iguodala out of Game 4 against Trail Blazers|
|Allegri inducted into Italian Football Hall of Fame|
|Steelers QB Roethlisberger ´genuinely sorry´ for Brown comments|
|Mets´ Cespedes fractures ankle in ranch accident|
|Italy remain at top table, Great Britain rally to relegate France|
|Guardiola convinced Kompany´s destined to return to Manchester City|
|Yastremska sets up Stosur clash in Strasbourg|
20 de mayo 2019
|Anderson stars for Lancashire on return from injury|
|Ebden and Seppi shocked in Geneva, Humbert shines at Lyon Open|
|AFC Champions League Review: Spain great Xavi ends playing career with defeat|
|Bernardo Silva makes Champions League pledge after winning Man City award|
|Henin impressed by Halep ahead of French Open defence|
|I love you, I´m out - Departing Kompany has his mic-drop moment in City´s trophy parade|
|Abelardo opts to leave post as Alaves coach|
|Magic Johnson points finger at Pelinka after Lakers power struggle|
|Junaid deletes inflammatory tweet following World Cup squad omission|
|Bosz: Champions League improves chances of keeping Brandt & Havertz|
|PSG insist Mbappe will stay despite forward´s ´new project´ comments|
|Former Salford forward Turgut hospitalised with ´severe injuries´|
|Potter takes over as Brighton and Hove Albion boss|
|Ancelotti happy at Napoli amid Juventus links|
|Hemel Stags on course for Ottawa relocation, New York club a work in progress|
|Nadal overtakes Federer´s top-10 streak|
|Omitting Wahab and Amir would have been foolish - Inzamam|
|Scotland appoint Kilmarnock boss Clarke|
|I´ll keep my place if Pogba arrives at Madrid – Kroos|
|Kroos: Madrid struggles ´normal´ after Champions League dominance|
|Pogba, Hazard and Mbappe in, Bale and Isco out? - Real Madrid set for busy close-season|
|Double amputee Monger stunned by Grand Prix de Pau triumph|
|Walter to take over Stuttgart from next season|
|Giannis expects Milwaukee to buck their ideas up after Game 3 loss|
|Bolivian FA confirms death of referee Victor Hugo Hurtado|
|Australia opener Burns leaves Lancashire for personal reasons|
|Record-breaking female driver Chadwick lands Williams development chance|
|Semedo cleared of concussion to boost Barcelona|
|Iguodala questionable for Game 4|
|Neymar should not captain Brazil at Copa America - Edmilson|
|Wahab, Amir and Asif named in final Pakistan World Cup squad|