In an evenly contested game, both sides created chances but lacked the cutting edge to seal a win.

"I think on the balance of the 90 minutes, Chile played better than Japan," said Bielsa.

"We were in control and played well, but we had serious problems finishing our attacks.

"With a little more precision, the victory could have been ours."

The Argentinian coach singled out Universidad de Chile midfielder Marco Estrada for special praise, saying: "He did a superb job. He was central to everything Chile created."

The 24-year-old said: "Bielsa's words are a huge boost.

"I think that we have to take the positives from this match and try to improve in attack.

"If we don't score, it will be very hard in the World Cup qualifiers."