Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica: Arsenal forward stars

Uruguay 1 - 3 Costa Rica

  • 24" Edinson Cavani (pen)
  • 54" Joel Campbell
  • 57" Oscar Duarte
  • 84" Marcos Ureña

Ref: Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance: 58,679

Uruguay Football Stadium

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell was on target for Costa Rica as they shocked Uruguay to come from behind and win their World Cup encounter 3-1 in Fortaleza.

In a first half that had few clear chances, it was Uruguay who went into the lead after 23 minutes.

Diego Lugano was pulled back in the box by Costa Rica defender Junior Diaz, and Edinson Cavani scored the penalty to put the two-time world champions ahead.

After half-time, Costa Rica grew into the game and began to find space behind Uruguay’s defence, an area that many felt was a weakness for the team from South America.

This proved correct on 53 minutes as Costa Rica equalised when a loose ball in the Uruguay penalty area was picked up by Campbell, who calmly finished into the bottom corner.

It took only three minutes for the team from Central America to take the lead through an Oscar Duarte header.

Christian Bolonos floated in a free-kick, and Duarte headed into the bottom corner to send Uruguay into disbelief.

Costa Rica’s third goal of the match arrived on 83 minutes through a comfortable finish from Marcos Urena, and ensured a 3-1 win that will give them great belief of qualifying from Group D.

To make things even worse for Uruguay, who were without talisman striker Luis Suarez, they had Maxi Pereira sent off in the 93rd minute for a clear kick on Campbell.



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Team Lineups


  • Fernando Muslera
  • Diego Lugano
  • Martín Cáceres
  • Diego Godín
  • Maxi Pereira
  • Christian Stuani
  • Egidio Arévalo Rios
  • Walter Gargano
  • Cristian Rodríguez
  • Edinson Cavani
  • Diego Forlán


  • Martín Silva
  • Sebastián Coates
  • Jorge Fucile
  • José María Giménez
  • Diego Pérez
  • Nicolás Lodeiro
  • Gastón Ramírez
  • Luis Suárez
  • Rodrigo Muñoz
  • Abel Hernández
  • Álvaro Pereira
  • Álvaro González

Costa Rica

  • Keylor Navas
  • Oscar Duarte
  • Cristian Gamboa
  • Michael Umaña
  • Júnior Díaz
  • Giancarlo Gonzalez
  • Christian Bolaños
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Yeltsin Tejeda
  • Celso Borges
  • Joel Campbell


  • Randall Brenes
  • Esteban Granados
  • Daniel Cambronero
  • Marcos Ureña
  • José Cubero
  • Michael Barrantes
  • David Myrie
  • Roy Miller
  • Patrick Pemberton
  • Johnny Acosta
  • Diego Calvo
  • Waylon Francis

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