Everton fans react to Bryan Oviedo's World Cup display

Everton fans celebrate Chris Smalling of Manchester United's own goal by lighting a flare during The Emirates FA Cup semi final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley...

Former Everton and current Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo impressed as Costa Rica ran Brazil close in St Petersburg on Friday.

Bryan Oviedo of Costa Rica runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Saint...

Brazil’s class shone through, belatedly.

It seemed as if the pre-tournament favourites were set to be left frustrated again with a determined Costa Rica side hanging on for dear life in the World Cup second group stage at the Krestovksy Stadium in St Petersburg.

Until Philippe Coutinho ended the underdogs’ brave resistance in stoppage time, however. And then Neymar netted a second minutes later. Costa Rica might have been defeated, going down 2-0 in the end, but they deserve credit for a display of real character – perhaps summed up best by Bryan Oviedo.

Costa Rica's defender Bryan Oviedo vies with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg...

Four years after he missed Costa Rica’s stunning march to the quarter finals with a horribly timed broken ankle, Oviedo has seized his chance to impress in Russia. The 28-year-old’s dogged display certainly caught the eye of the Everton fans who cheered him on at Goodison Park between 2012 and 2017.

The current Sunderland man was never the most gifted player but you could never doubt his commitment to the cause. And Everton fans were thrilled to see him perform on the world stage.

Oviedo’s future at club level, however, remains uncertain with his wages likely to prove too costly for a Sunderland side now in League One. Performances like this, however, should have clubs queuing up to offer him a good home.

Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

 

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