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World Cup 2014 Group D: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Costa Rica were considered to be the minnows of the World Cup, but they fought back for a shock 3-1 victory over Uruguay at the Estádio Castelão on Saturday.

Uruguay started brightly and took a deserved lead on 23 minutes when Edinson Cavani coolly converted from the penalty spot after Diego Lugano was hauled down in the box by Júnior Díaz.

Costa Rica were back on level terms in the 54th minute as Cristian Gamboa's cross from the right touchline found Joel Campbell, who chested the ball down before firing a left-footed shot past Fernando Muslera.

Things went from bad to worse for Uruguay as three minutes later, Óscar Duarte dove at the far post to head home a fine Christian Bolaños delivery.

Hopes of a Uruguay comeback were ultimately extinguished with six minutes remaining when Campbell's pass released substitute Marco Ureña, who slid the ball home with his first touch of the ball.

Uruguay completed their disastrous night in added-on time when Maxi Pereira was shown a straight red card for a wild hack at Campbell.

"It's an historic triumph for Costa Rica," Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said after the match.

"It's an important victory that motivates us. I want to congratulate the team for their tactical defence work."

Uruguay boss Óscar Tabárez said: "It was a tough defeat to swallow and now we must defend the prestige we earned in recent years.

"Costa Rica have quality players and their goalkeeper Keylor Navas proved all his talent tonight.

"I have to say, Costa Rica deserved the victory this evening. They had the tactical supremacy on the field for the entire match."


Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Maxi Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres; Christian Stuani, Egidio Arévalo, Walter Gargano (Álvaro González 60),Cristian Rodríguez (Abel Hernández 76); Diego Forlán (Nicolás Lodeiro 60), Edinson Cavani

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Cristian Gamboa, Óscar Duarte, Giancarlo González, Michael Umaña, Júnior Díaz; Bryan Ruiz (Marco Ureña 83), Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda (José Cubero 74), Christian Bolaños (Michael Barrantes 89); Joel Campbell


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