URUGUAY 1-3 COSTA RICA
Another SHOCKER! This years World cup has already seen some “underdogs” do the unexpected as teams who could be considered “favourites” to win their group games have been beaten by the team that nobody expected to win.
Luis Suarez was reported to be “on the bench” (only a substitute) due to the knee injury he had picked up in the last month. I saw him on the touchline warming up and he looked fairly fit, actually. The manager was “resting” him and the Uruguay V England game coming up on Thursday should be the first chance for Suarez to prove himself against some of his Liverpool team mates.
Uruguay started well, scoring a penalty which couldn’t have been argued as being “controversial”. The Costa Rica defender was “hugging” (had his arms around an Uruguay player) inside the penalty box and there was no doubt about the decision made by the referee. Cavani just had to slot the ball into the net and he struck it to his right, putting it past the goalkeeper who dived the right way but had no chance of saving as it was FAR to the right corner, accurately placed. He didn’t even touch it as it went past the goal line.
I had honestly hoped that Uruguay would progress all the way through the game this way and show their countries strength, even when their star player (Suarez) was not on the pitch. They would go in at half time as the leaders but the second half was surprising.
In the 54th minute Arsenal striker Joel Campbell scored and made the score 1-1, which shook Uruguay up. Still dazed and confused by Campbell’s success, Uruguay would concede another in three minutes time as Duarte would take the lead for Costa Rica in the 57th minute.
Uruguay really failed to respond (at least not by scoring). Their attempts to get forward and maybe equalize would leave them weak in defense and Costa Rica would take advantage often, counter attacking and eventually, they would get a third goal which put the game to rest when Urena scored in the 84th minute. The frustration of the game had gotten too much for Uruguay and they would have one man sent off, there was a red card for Pereria. He most likely will miss the next group game for Uruguay and the manager will have to start considering the best way to replace him right away.
KEY PLAYERS: Cavani was the attacking force and only goalscorer for Uruguay while it was clear that no goals would be scored by Suarez on the night, due to being rested by the manager so that he may be fit for the upcoming Uruguay V England game.
Campbell and Duarte impressed as they turned around what could have been 1-0 defeat due to the penalty decision and showed the world what Costa Rica has to offer in this tournament. Nobody predicted they would win this (or perhaps any of their group games) and they’ve surprised everyone, putting a little bit of fear into the rest of Group D who have yet to play them.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.