Coach Oscar Tabarez praised Luis Suarez after his goals against Korea Republic fired Uruguay into the last eight.
The South Koreans had levelled things after the break through Lee Chung-yong as the South Americans dropped back to protect their first-half advantage.
But the Ajax forward popped up with a fantastic strike in the 80th minute to add to his eighth minute opener and break the Taeguk Warriors’ hearts.
And Tabarez, who admitted his side were perhaps a little fortunate to have edged a close encounter, could not hide his delight at guiding Uruguay to their first World Cup quarter-final in 40 years.
“We showed class in the final minutes and Luis Suarez scored two spectacular goals for us,” said Tabarez. “It was a tough game for us and a really big win. I am really happy and happy for the fans back home. We were surprised by their play. We wanted to finish the game in the second half. Their goal was key to our win because we improved after that. They (Korea Republic) played a great game, maybe luck helped us, but this is football. Now we have to prepare for the future and see who we play out of USA or Ghana.”