Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez warned there was more to come from his squad after they secured advancement into the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup™ as the winners of Group A.
"I don't think we have achieved all we want yet," Tabarez said after Luis Suarez's header earned his side a 1-0 win over fellow qualifiers Mexico in their final match in a group which also featured troubled France and hosts South Africa. "We have shown we are a tough team to tackle for the others and if you look at our history over the last few World Cups, I'm really happy."
Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in South Africa. They held France to a 0-0 draw in their opening match before beating South Africa 3-0 and Tabarez said he was delighted with the form of a squad that could only finish fifth in South American qualifying and had to come through a play-off with Costa Rica to make the finals.
"As a coach it is very satisfying to see how the group has evolved. This is an excellent group, there is cohesion and friendship among the players and they are really dedicated to the job they are doing. They have been able to get up again after falling badly [in the qualifiers]. They have done an impeccable job."
Tabarez said his side's determined performance against Mexico was proof of their integrity, the build-up to the match having been dominated by suggestions the two Latin American sides might contrive to produce a draw which would put both teams through.
His Mexican counterpart Javier Aguirre - whose side now seem likey to face Argentina in the first knockout round in a repeat of their meeting at the same stage in Germany four years ago - felt his side were a little hesitant at times but admitted Uruguay are extremely difficult to break down.
"We had a lot of the ball but they are very good at locking up and waiting for you to make errors," he said. "We wanted to get to the last 16 and we are qualified now. We will try to recover and on Sunday we will see who is going to be our opponent. I think this could be a nice opportunity to take revenge for what happened four years ago."