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Brazil 2014

Italy-Costa Rica: Quotes

Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto of Costa Rica gestures
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Jorge Luis Pinto, Costa Rica coach

It was a lovely game and we're really pleased by how Bryan [Ruiz] got his goal at such an important time, just before the interval. We were playing against an incredible team and we’re very proud. I don’t want to seem like I’m being over-positive, but I honestly think that our defence were simply perfect today. It’s not easy tackling a team of Italy’s quality. It must be said that much of what I now know about the game I owe to Italy, having always followed Italian football. Our players now have to stay cool and keep going. We need to savour this win but also be ready to play well in our upcoming matches.

*Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica captain and Budweiser Man of the Match *It was a great win but, on the other hand, it’s worth highlighting that the whole team believed that this was possible, particularly after we beat Uruguay. I think it’s only now, a little after the game, that it's sinking in how much this achievement will mean to the people of Costa Rica.

Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach

We could see that it was a very slow pitch and that, what’s more, we knew we’d be up against an exceptionally well-organised and physically strong Costa Rica team, one which knows how to make the most of any open spaces. When you come up against a side that are more athletic than you, you have to be more organised than them – and we weren’t. Unfortunately, after we conceded the goal we weren’t capable to responding: we tried to create one-on-one situations on the flanks but we never really managed to take advantage of them. But now’s not the time to be negative, instead we need to recharge our batteries because in three days we’ll have another chance to clinch a Round of 16 spot. In truth, when the draw was made we knew this would be a tough group and that there was a good chance of finding ourselves in a position like this: taking on Uruguay in an absolutely decisive game.