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Sampaoli: I Will Never Forget This Win

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli admits he is extremely proud of his players after their 2-0 win over Spain in a Group B, 2014 FIFA World Cup match on Wednesday.

First half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz gave Chile a famous victory over the defending world and European champions to send Spain packing from the tournament.

Sampaoli has since labelled his side ‘rebels’ and is looking to cause a few more upsets in the tournament.

“I feel very proud of course and especially proud of the players,” said Sampaoli.

“I don't know if it is the best victory ever, for me the best victory is always the next one. But I don't think I will ever forget this win.

“We were very courageous in the way that we played and you could say that we are the rebels of this tournament.

“I think this team is a very mature team and they are probably more mature than ever.

‘We were already very good in qualifying, but we were even better today.

“Today we played with a system and an idea. The players believe in one idea and defend it.

“We will see if it is the best Chile team ever, that is something we can only say after the tournament is over.”

The result confirms Chile’s place in the knockout stages of the tournament along with Netherlands also from Group B, but as to which side will top the group is still to be decided.

Chile will face Netherlands in the last Group B encounter and the winner will top the group and possibly avoid facing Brazil in the Last 16.

Sampaoli is well aware of what is required of his side and up against the Dutch he expects his team to produce the same performance as they did against Spain.

“Now the most important thing is to appreciate the way we played and how we were able to stop a team like Spain,” added Sampaoli.

“Up against the Netherlands we need the same effort and we need to be at the same level again. We want to finish first in the group.”


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