Salvador: Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said his team had proved the doubters wrong and achieved "very beautiful things" with their historic run to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Jorge Luis Pinto
'Los Ticos' lost to the Netherlands on penalties but they were never beaten in open play despite facing three World Cup-winners and former European champions Greece.
"During this World Cup we've done very beautiful things. Many people didn't believe in us but we have seen we can achieve wonderful things," Pinto 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."
The Central American nation were written off after being drawn in arguably the tournament's toughest group, but they shocked both Uruguay and Italy and drew against England.
"Netherlands are a very strong team but we were still at an even level with them," Pinto said.