Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was understandably pleased after his side progressed to the semi-finals courtesy of their draw with Australia, but heaped praise on the Socceroos for their efforts.

"The opposition didn't let us play our game today; we weren't able to link up, pass the ball around and keep possession like we normally do because they pressed really well," Pizzi said.

"In no way did we underestimate them, nor were we guilty of overconfidence. This is the match in which we've had the most trouble imposing our game. That's down to several factors, but above all a very good, aggressive display from the opposition. They came out on top in many of the areas in which we're usually strong, such as 50-50 situations. It was a really tricky match."

This was Pizzi's verdict on his team's semi-final opponents, Portugal: "It'll be difficult, but we won't make it easy for them either. We're going to compete and try to beat them."

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou, meanwhile, could not hide his disappointment: "We wanted to continue in this tournament, we wanted to get out of this group, and we haven't, so we are disappointed."

On the subject of his team selection, Postecoglou said: "Chile are a world-class team, a fantastic team, and have played some of the best teams in the world off the park. We needed energy to face that and that's why we made the changes. Credit to the guys who came in: they certainly brought that and more. From our perspective, it was a good performance."

The 51-year-old went on to rue what he described as a "missed opportunity" to advance: "We had opportunities to win the game, but we missed some clear chances to score and go through, which makes it even tougher to take. We want to measure ourselves against the very best and we have in this tournament. We're not quite there yet, so we'll keep pushing forward and making sure that we keep developing."

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