Friday 25 June 2021

Pinto Upbeat On World Cup Performance

COSTA RICA NEWS (AFP) – Ticos coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, said his team had proved the doubters wrong and achieved “very great things” with their historic run to the World Cup.

Costa Rica's Jorge Luis Pinto shouts instructions during the World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, on July 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt)
Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto shouts instructions during the World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, on July 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt)

The Ticos lost to the Netherlands on penalties but they were never beaten in open play despite facing three World Cup Champion – Italy, England and Uruguay – and former European champions Greece.

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“Many didn’t believe in us but have seen we can achieve great things,” the Colombian native said.

“We’ve played great powerhouses of football and we haven’t been beaten, even if we have to leave the tournament now. That’s very important for us,” added Pinto.

The Ticos were written off after being drawn in arguably the tournament’s toughest group, but they shocked both Uruguay and Italy and drew against England. In the round of 16, they played for an hour with 10 men before beating Greece on penalties, and they held off the Netherlands before being shaded on spot-kicks late Saturday.

“We’ve shown we’re able to organize ourselves, we’ve got good tactics and we were never afraid to play big powerhouses,” added the 61-year-old coach.

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