Joel Campbell has pulled off a brilliant performance to lead Costa Rica to a shock win over Uruguay in Fortaleza. Campbell scored once and set up another as Costa Rica came from behind to take a 3-1 victory over the 2010 semi-finalists. The game started slowly, neither side getting any real opportunities, but Uruguay began to trouble Los Ticos with their set pieces. Diego Godin had a goal disallowed, and Edinson Cavani had a brilliant chance to put his side in front a minute later, both chances originating from free kicks. It didn’t take much longer for Uruguay to claim a lead, with a penalty awarded after Junior Diaz pulled down Diego Lugano in the box. Cavani successfully beat Keylor Navas to score, and Uruguay had the lead. Costa Rica kept attacking, Campbell missing by inches with a long-range strike and generally being a nuisance to the South Americans. Uruguay had the chance to double their lead just before the break, when Navas made a remarkable save to push Diego Forlan’s strike, which had taken a deflection off Oscar Duarte, over the bar.
Costa Rica started the second half well, Duarte forcing a save from Fernando Muslera with a nice header. Four minutes later Campbell had scored the equaliser, with a Cristian Gamboa cross evading Celso Borges but finding an unmanned Campbell in the area. Campbell then proceeded to fire past a helpless Muslera, who could only watch the ball pass him as it flew into the back of the net. The Costa Ricans took only 3 more minutes to draw ahead through Duarte, who beat Christian Stuani to a Christian Bolanos free kick and headed past Muslera. Cavani was able to catch Navas out of his goal, but Diaz headed it away. Uruguay kept possession but were unable to threaten, not looking close to scoring, before substitute Marcos Urena sealed the deal for Costa Rica. Campbell threaded in a perfect through ball, and the sub was quickest to get there. Muslera, who had attempted to beat Urena, was out of position, and Urena rolled it into the back of the net to send the Costa Ricans 2 goals up with 6 minutes of regular time left. To add insult to injury, Maxi Pereira was sent off in stoppage time to not only leave Uruguay beaten but also without their best right-back for the match against England, after one of the biggest upsets at this year’s World Cup.
Fortaleza – Estadio Castelao
Uruguay 1 (Cavani 24 pen)
Costa Rica 3 (Campbell 54, Duarte 57, Urena 84)
Referee: Felix Brych (Ger)
Uruguay: Muslera – Caceres, Godin, Lugano, M Pereira, Rodriguez (Hernandez 76), Gargano (Gonzalez 60), Arevalo, Stuani, Cavani, Forlan (Lodeiro 60).
Expulsions: M Pereira 90+5.
Costa Rica: Navas – Diaz, Umana, Gonzalez, Duarte, Gamboa, Bolanos (Barrantes 88), Tejeda (Cubero 75), Borges, Ruiz (Urena 83), Campbell.