This year’s FIFA world cup in Brazil has already had a couple of upsets to begin with. But perhaps none more shocking than Uruguay’s 3-1 loss to minnows Costa Rica. The 2010 world cup semi finalists were clearly outplayed by their Central American opposition who has now widely opened up Group D.
Uruguay was the first team to open their account after Edison Cavani converted a clever penalty in the 24th minute to give the South Americans a deserving lead. They pushed for more later on with Forlan’s deflected shot saved phenomenally by goalkeeper Navas. The half ended 1-0 and Tabarez’s side looked poised to go for the win.
Costa Rica, who failed to register a single shot on target rallied home 3 goals in the second half in what was a spirited fight back. Goals from Joel Campbell (54th), Oscar Duarte (57th) and Marco Urena (84th) proved to be costly for Uruguay, who never really recovered from the twin strikes in the early second half.
Uruguay talisman Luis Suarez, who started on the bench, did not make an appearance on the field. The fans were looking forward to seeing their hero and Tabarez refrained from using Suarez despite surrendering the lead. Another sour spot for Uruguay will be the suspension of Maximiliano Pereira. The veteran lost his cool and flailed his boot at Campbell earning him the marching orders.
Uruguay next face England in a match that is a must win for both sides.
Uruguay (Possible, 4-4-2): Muslera; Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres; Rios, Gargano, Stuani, Rodriguez; Forlan, Cavani.
Costa Rica (Possible, 5-4-1): Navas; Gamboa, Umana, Gonzalez, Duarte, Diaz; Bolanos, Borges, Tejeda; Campbell, Ruiz.
Man of the match – Joel Campbell was the thorn in the Uruguayan flesh as he guided his team to a famous win. The Arsenal striker scored the equalizer and made Costa Rica’s third goal to seal the game.