Oscar Washington Tabarez admits “Costa Rica deserved the victory” after Uruguay were stunned 3-1.
La Celeste were perhaps the favourites to top Group D ahead of Italy and England, but succumbed to a shock defeat in their opening game.
“It was a tough defeat to swallow and now we must defend the prestige we earned in recent years,” said the Coach.
“Costa Rica have quality players and their goalkeeper Keylor Navas proved all his talent tonight.
“I have to say, Costa Rica deserved the victory this evening. They had the tactical supremacy on the field for the entire match.”