Colombia-Costa Rica: Quotes

Eduardo Lara, Colombia coach: "It was a difficult day for our players. With the resignation of (senior boss) Hernan Dario Gomez, the national set-up lost its leader today. The head of our family is leaving, and that hurts. We had a very tricky first half, with my midfielders Michael Ortega and James Rodriguez struggling to find each other. I spoke to the lads at half time, just to tell them to play their game, to keep battling, to try and find spaces and spread the play more. After the Costa Ricans scored those two goals in three minutes I was worried. They played very intelligently, particularly in midfield, and showed their ability to quickly get forward in attack. That’s why I decided to introduce Sebastian Perez into the middle of the park, to try and balance things out a bit. Next up are Mexico, who are a great team. We played very well against them at the Toulon Tournament but every match is different."

Ronald Gonzalez, Costa Rica coach: "Today’s game was without doubt my team’s best performance of the tournament. We showed desire from start to finish and really caused them problems. I’m sad to have lost but I’m proud of my players: they proved that they’re brave and that we’ve got a great team. I’d have liked them to have shown that in our previous matches too. After the (group) match with Ecuador we did a lot of work on the players’ attitude, trying to get them to believe in their own ability. This evening, after we’d taken a 2-1 lead, Colombia put us under a lot of physical pressure and we started to lose our grip on midfield – we let them take the initiative. That’d been the key for us, having control of midfield and getting forward quickly. That meant that, for the most part, we were in control of this match. As the game went on, thanks to the fans’ backing and their great players, the Colombians managed to overhaul us."