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World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Defeats Uruguay, 3-1

World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Defeats Uruguay, 3-1

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 14, 2014

Everyone said that when it came to Group D — with England and Italy and Uruguay all competing to advance — Costa Rica was the team to beat to snatch some easy points.

Everyone was wrong.

After a lackluster first half by both teams, with the only goal coming for Uruguay on a penalty kick, Costa Rica delivered a powerful and impressive performance in the second half.

Joel Campbell was relentless, and his first goal was a thing of beauty. Credit for that score also goes to Cristian Gamboa, who sprinted down the right wing to chase down a ball that Uruguay seemed to have given up for lost.

Less than three minutes later, Oscar Duarte launched himself toward goal and scored with a brave header, giving Costa Rica the lead. Uruguay could not get into a rhythm and had few chances. Those they did have were ably dealt with by Costa Rica’s talented keeper, Keylor Navas.

One more late goal for Costa Rica, and the most stunning upset of the tournament was complete.

Now, no one knows how Group D will shake out. But one thing is clear: Costa Rica came to play.

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