Sampaoli: Peru was our toughest game of the tournament

The Chile boss watched his side reach the final of the Copa America after a 2-1 win and admitted that it was the biggest challenge of the event so far

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted his side had overcome their most difficult opponent in defeating Peru 2-1 to reach the Copa America final.

The hosts were under pressure early on until Peru's Carlos Zambrano was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Charles Aranguiz.

Eduardo Vargas fired La Roja ahead and although Gary Medel put through his own goal to level the match, Vargas struck a superb second to clinch victory.

Sampaoli said in his post-match press conference: "Reaching the final at home with La Roja is a dream we wanted to achieve. Peru have valuable players and they made us suffer.

"They played a great game. In the games we've had in the 2015 Copa America, this was the most complex. We are very happy with the victory.

"We faced very difficult rivals and the opponent in the final will be the same. We must recover the performance of our previous games."

Sampaoli also singled out goal hero Vargas for praise, with his two strikes edging him onto four for the tournament and in position to claim the top scorer's crown.

He added: "It is gratifying to know that Vargas always pays us. We have a great affinity with him and you see that every time he plays for us he gives everything.

"[Jose] Rojas also had a great match against the best forward of the tournament, [Paolo] Guerrero."

Sampaoli concluded that his team had only achieved their minimum requirement at this stage, stating: "We will try in this time of preparation to recover players for the final.

"Our obligation was to take the team to the final. Now, we start a new dream."