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Jorge Sampaoli was delighted with his side's showing in Tuesday's friendly despite Jesus Navas denying them a famous win in injury time

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli believes his side proved they are a match for the world's best side after their 2-2 draw with Spain in Geneva.

Sampaoli's men were moments away from registering their first-ever victory over the reigning world champions when Jesus Navas netted a 92nd-minute equaliser for Spain, cancelling out an Eduardo Vargas double.

But the 53-year-old has said he cannot be too downbeat over the result as his team - who are ranked 21st in the world - more than held their own against the all-conquering Spaniards.

"I am very pleased with our performance," he told reporters. "We played a type of football which allowed us to be as equals with the best team in the world.

"I think the Chilean people can feel very proud of the players today, because they put differences in world ranking aside and played with the ferocity which sums them up."

Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal admits that he was happy with the draw despite the last-gasp equaliser.

"We made every effort to win the match, especially after flying in from a long trip.

"It is certainly very difficult to play against Spain but in the end we are happy with the tie. We did not lose and this was still a good result for us."

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