The 23-year-old Arsenal forward played 67 minutes in Saturday's Copa America Centenario clash as Costa Rica kicked off their tournament with a goalless draw.
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell failed to inspire Costa Rica to a winning start to their Copa America Centenario campaign on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay in their opening Group A match at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The two sides combined for five yellow cards and one red card on the day, with Costa Rica defender Kendall Waston shown his marching orders in stoppage-time, as the hot and humid temperatures made for a bruising and somewhat laboured affair.
Los Ticos midfielder Celso Borges had perhaps the best chance of the match during the closing stages when he sent a swerving shot towards goal, but opposition keeper Justo Villar managed to get a hand to his effort and deflect the ball out for a corner.
Campbell, meanwhile, was largely anonymous during his 67 minutes on the pitch, rarely threatening to reproduce the magic that helped his side reach the quarter-finals at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 55-times capped attacker is coming off a season which saw him feature 30 times for Arsenal, scoring four goals, as he made a positive impression over the winter when injuries opened the door for him to earn his first extended run in the side.
However, his playing time eventually dried up during the run-in and the pacey front man now desperately needs to impress during this month's tournament to avoid becoming surplus to requirements in Arsene Wenger's plans.
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, though, his first display left a lot to be desired...
Joel Campbell has been awful so far— Power D (@PowerD_Picks) June 4, 2016
Joel Campbell getting nothing to live off— H. Williams (@teachawill) June 4, 2016
Serious question is Joel Campbell playing?— Alan (@AlanCole01) June 4, 2016
How does Joel Campbell play for Arsenal honestly he's BARELY the best player in this Costa Rican side— Lucas (@Asterweireld) June 4, 2016
Joel Campbell off for Costa Rica, Venegas on. Campbell didn't do all that much on the afternoon. 25 minutes left.— Austin Miller (@austin_james906) June 4, 2016
Where is Joel Campbell on the Arsenal fan-o-meter at the moment? Next Henry, or never good enough? I lost track.— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) June 4, 2016
Joel Campbell coming off on 66 minutes. Average at best today.— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) June 4, 2016
Ramirez didn't get much from Joel Campbell today. Natch he'll have a tremendous game vs the States Tuesday.— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) June 4, 2016
Joel Campbell wouldn't be in the top ten players I'd have guessed to be an Arsenal player based on that half— Yung Walt Disney (@finalthrd) June 4, 2016