World Cup 2010: Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez Hails 'Important' Win Over South Africa

La Celeste take a step towards the knockout phase...
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has declared his sides 3-0 win over host South Africa was an important step but insisted his side still have work to do to progress beyond the group stages for the first time since 1970.

Two goals from Diego Forlan and an injury time strike from Alvaro Pereira ensured that la Celeste secured their first win of the World Cup, sending them top of Group A.

"I told my players that history was not written in advance, we had to go out for the win. We have beaten a good team and it is also the host, which is very important. We have taken an important step but not is done yet," Tabarez told a press conference.

"We came hoping to do something different from what came to be the performance of Uruguay in the World since 1970. We haven't achieved that yet but what we have achieved is the result of work, awareness and conviction.

"There may be teams above us, but we can be a very difficult team if we do things well. We do not have much room, we have to play very well to compete with the best."

Tabarez also refuted Carlos Pareira's "ludicrous" criticism of the match referee, saying Uruguay won fairly.

"I do not talk about referees. I don't think that Uruguay won because of the referee, it seems ludicrous, given the dominance that Uruguay had on the field. My opinion is that Uruguay won deservedly," he remarked.

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