Saturday, 14th June
Rica in Fortaleza.
Uruguay and Costa Rica met during the South Africa 2010 qualifiers, when the fifth
placed CONMEBAL team faced the fourth
placed CONCACAF team in a play-off.
The game in Montevideo, on 18th November, 2009 ended in a draw (1:1);
but Uruguay had scored the only goal in San Jose, four days previously, to qualify for the
After his end-of-season minor knee operation, Luis Suarez is not
in the starting line-up against Costa Rica, but he is on the bench.
Nice to have him back.
At the other end, Costa Rica looked to have a somewhat defensive
mindset to counter Uruguay's offensive talents.
The England spies wouldn't have compiled much of a report from the
opening twenty minutes; bar a few pushes in the back.
Well, Diego Forlan still likes his hairband, Costa Rica's Joel
Campbell seems keen to impress Arsene Wenger, and Diego Lugano puts his hand in the air
and tries to catch the ball, to attract the referee's attention when he feels he's being
The second time he did that, it worked and Uruguay were awarded a
Edinson Cavani made no mistake from the penalty spot but there was no need for Junior Diaz
to put his arms around Diego Lugano's waist in the first place.
Costa Rica only had themselves to blame for being behind.
Diego Godin missed the chance of a header at the far post for Costa
Rica before the break and Keylor Navas made a good save after another one of Diego
Forlan's wide-flying strikes was deflected towards the goal.
Otherwise the first-half in Fortaleza was not as exciting as previous
With all the pushing and holding in the penalty area, Costa Rica could
feel entitled to a penalty or two themselves.
Half-time: Uruguay 1 - Costa Rica 0
When presented with a free chance, Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez
headed at Fernando Muslera and scuffed the rebound.
The Central Americans needed to sharpen up and look a little more positive and Joel
Campbell did just that; firing an half-volley firmly past Muslera.
Uruguay then conceded a needless foul just minutes later and Oscar Duarte met the
Christian Bolanos free-kick with his head; just before the boot of an Urugyuan defender
could get to it.
Uruguay had used all their substitutions and Luis Suarez was not one of them.
The Premier League's leading goalscorer could only rub his face in frustration as Joel
Campbell broke down the right to lay the ball in for substitute Marcos Urena.
Into injury time, Joel Campbell's trickery proved too much for Uruguay's
frustrated Maxi Pereira, who was rightly sent off just before the final whistle for a
callous chop on the youngster.
Final Score: Uruguay 1 - Costa Rica 3
1:0 - Edinson Cavani (24 mins, penalty)
1:1 - Joel Campbell (54 mins)
1:2 - Oscar Duarte (57 mins)
1:3 - Marcos Urena (85 mins)
1-Fernando Muslera; 16-Maxi Pereira, 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 22-Martin Caceres;
11-Christian Stuani, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 5-Walter Gargano, 7-Cristian Rodriguez; 10-Diego
Forlan, 21-Edinson Cavani.
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 6-Oscar Duarte, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umana,
15-Junior Diaz; 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 7-Christian Bolanos; 10-Bryan Ruiz,
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych - Germany
1 red card:
90 mins - Maxi Pereira (Uruguay)
3 yellow cards:
50 mins - Diego Lugano (Uruguay)
56 mins - Walter Gargano (Uruguay)
80 mins - Martin Caceres (Uruguay)
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