Costa Rica stun Uruguay


Edinson Cavani opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute but a second-half turnaround from Costa Rica saw Joel Campbell, Oscar Duarte and Marco Urena seal a memorable victory.

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It was really a game of two halves. In the first half Uruguay thought they may have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Diego Godin turned home a free-kick but he was flagged offside from Edinson Cavani's flick-on.  

Cavani then had a great chance a minute later when the ball dropped fortunately to him in acres of space inside the box via the leg of a defender, but the striker snatched at his volley and skewed it well wide when he could have even taken a touch.

But Cavani had the chance to make up for that miss when the referee awarded a penalty for a barge on Diego Lugano by Bryan Ruiz. Cavani struck his spot-kick firmly into the bottom-right corner to make it 1-0.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell was proving to be the livewire for Costa Rica as they tried to get back into the match and came close with a long-range attempt that flashed just wide.

In the second half Costa Rica showed more attacking intent. In the 50th minute Duarte had a close-range header saved at the near post by Fernando Muslera.

Then Costa Rica got the equaliser as the ball made its way from the right to Campbell, free in the area, and he took one touch before powering home with his left foot. It was a goal the forward richly deserved at that point.

Everything turned on its head three minutes later when Duarte, in an almost identical free-kick situation to his previous attempt, this time found the bottom-right corner with a diving header. 2-1.

Now the Costa Rica confidence was flowing and in the 64th minute Campbell tried a beautiful curler from about 30 yards that went inches wide.

Uruguay tried to hit back again as Cavani got more involved, forcing a save from Keylor Navas who had earlier made a crucial save to deny Diego Forlan when his shot took a wicked deflection and was heading towards goal.

But Costa Rica substitute Urena, with his first touch of the game in the 84th minute, sealed the win for his side after running onto a great through-ball from Campbell.

Maxi Pereira was then shown a straight red card in the 94th minute after kicking out at Campbell, who had started to play keep-ball and was toying with the Uruguay defenders.