Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said reaching the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time was “justice.”
Los Ticos pushed past Greece on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Recife and will face Holland on Saturday in Salvador de Bahia.
“This group is immense. The work, sacrifice and execution were sensational,” said Coach Pinto after the shoot-out.
“We deserved this for the sacrifice we made.”
Costa Rica were down to 10 men after Oscar Duarte’s second bookable offence on 66 minutes, but after Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored in stoppages to force extra time, they held out admirably.
“Justice was served. I had said it was not going to be easy against Greece. We are so happy. The players, manager, fans and you, the media – all those who supported us are so happy.”