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Sampaoli's sympathy for Spain

Chile's Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli had sympathetic words for Spain, whose winning streak of two European Championships either side of a World Cup came to a sorry end in Rio.

Goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz secured victory for Chile at the Maracana to condemn Spain to an early exit from the tournament.

Chile have now qualified from Group B along with Holland after winning their opening two games and will meet the Dutch to battle for top spot which would avoid a likely meeting with hosts Brazil.

"In football, everything changes," said Sampaoli. "Spain has played very well over the years and had wonderful performances but today that generation of players couldn't keep that success going, and that's normal because success is not forever."

Sampaoli insists Chile would now go all out to beat the Dutch and finish top of their group to try and avoid taking on hosts Brazil.

"Against Holland, we will have the same approach knowing we need to win to be first in our group," added Sampaoli.

"If we don't win against Holland, we will probably have to play Brazil if they win against Cameroon.

"Considering our performances, the most important thing is to play as a team - and that's why we have been so dangerous and have had such good results."