Jorge Luis Pinto, Costa Rica coach
This is a big, big result. Words can’t describe how I feel right now. It’s never easy playing with ten men, and even less so against opponents like that in a World Cup match. We looked secure throughout the game, and we were full of confidence in the shoot-out, and that goes for the goalkeeper, who was amazing, and the penalty takers, who were just perfect. I’ll say it again – we’re delighted and we’d like to dedicate this win to all the people of Costa Rica. We respect the Netherlands, just as we respect all our rivals, but the story goes on and we’re hungry for more.
Keylor Navas, Budweiser Man of the Match
I’m happy and grateful to God for this feeling after another important win for us and the whole country. It was not an easy game at all, and while there were times when we had control, there were also periods when the opposition were on top. Obviously being a man down made a difference, but we never gave up. As for my save at the end, I can’t remember what was going through my mind. All I did was react and keep it out. You can practise penalties and study what the takers do, but I have to hand it to my team-mates, who were 100 percent on target. We’re making history and we want to have a place in people’s hearts forever.
Fernando Santos, Greece coach
I don’t like talking about good luck or bad luck. Someone has to be lucky and tonight it was them, and I congratulate them for that. I think Costa Rica were the better side in the opening 15 minutes, but then we came back into it. We had to go and take more risks after the goal, but they defended well and tried to hit us on the counter. In the end, though, we managed to take the game into extra time, when we put pressure on them but weren’t sharp enough, which is perfectly understandable when you’re tired and tense. Navas was brilliant. Without him, the outcome would have been different.