19 June 2014 | News Comments

Sampaoli: Time to see if this best Chile team ever

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli hailed his "rebels" after the South Americans knocked reigning champions Spain out of the World Cup.

The 2-0 victory means Chile and Holland have already qualified from Group B for the knock-out round of 16 - and will play each other to see who tops the group and avoids a likely meeting with Brazil.

Spain, meanwhile, will go home to lick their wounds and their early exit - the first time the reigning champions have been knocked out after just two group matches - means a question mark over the futures of coach Vicente del Bosque and a whole generation of players after a glorious era.

Sampaoli said: "We have a chance to see if this is the best Chile team ever but that is something we can only say after the tournament is over.

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

Goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz secured victory for Chile, who included Cardiff centre-back Gary Medel and Nottingham Forest's Gonzalo Jara in their starting line-up.