Jorge Luis Pinto hailed “an historic triumph for Costa Rica” after they hammered Uruguay 3-1.
They were considered to be the minnows of Group D, which includes Italy and England, but fought back for a shock victory.
“It is an historic triumph for Costa Rica,” grinned Coach Pinto.
“Football is strange. We were very nervous at the start, but in the end we were able to win. We dedicate this victory to the people of Costa Rica.
“Now we need to keep our feet on the ground, as we are not qualified yet. We only won one game against a great side.”