Costa Rica Vs Uruguay, Group D - Live Score



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Uruguay vs Costa Rica, Group D, FIFA World Cup 2014

Uruguay: Ranked seventh, Uruguay has high hopes at the FIFA World Cup 2014. Twice world cup winners in 1930 and 1950 respectively, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez would be keen to get his side back in the running back for the World Cup trophy. Placing safe bets on strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay would look forward to ensuring a great run at the World Cup. They should be motivated by the status Giants of Football once given to them a few decades back.

Costa Rica: Twenty-Eighth ranked Costa Rica will be making their fourth World Cup appearance in the World Cup. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s side impressed during the qualification stage by conceding the lowest number of goals and fantastic home record of five out of five wins in the final phase. Bryan Ruiz, one of the best players for Costa Rica has been a main stay for the national side since 2007 and is expected to come up good for Ticos.


Total Matches Played: 8

Uruguay 6 Wins, Croatia 0 Win, 2 Draws


(164 Mins)

A sensational ball from Campbell plays Urena through but he looks too far wide. Muslera races out to try and collect the ball but Urena, with what could be his first touch of the game, calmly slides the ball underneath the goalkeeper and surely guarantees Costa Rica the three points.

(164 Mins)

GOAL Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica (Urena)

(161 Mins)

Caceres is the third Uruguayan player to be booked after a lunging challenge.

(159 Mins)

Heart in mouth moment for Costa Rica. Pereira is unmarked on the edge of the box and his cross is headed on by Lodeiro but its just too high for Abel Hernandez. Uruguay desperately searching for an equaliser here, are the semi-finalists from 2010 about to lost their first match?

(156 Mins)

There are jeers from the crowd as the scorer of Costa Ricas second, Duarte, goes down with cramp.

(155 Mins)

We wont be seeing Luiz Suarez tonight. Cristian Rodriguez is replaced by Abel Hernandez for Uruguays final substitution.

(154 Mins)

Costa Rica make their first substitution of the game with Jose Cubero replacing Tejeda.

(152 Mins)

Campbell almost creates a spectacular counter attack asGamboas pace beats the Uruguayan defenders down the flanks but he is without support and is eventually outnumbered.

(151 Mins)

Uruguay look to have settled down after that crazy few minutes by Costa Rica. The pressures building as they search for an equaliser.

(148 Mins)

Two chances in a minute for Cavani. The striker almost gets Uruguay back level but his powerful header is pushed away by Navas before he lets out a mighty rallying cry to his teammates.

(146 Mins)

Joel Campbell has been a revelation for Costa Rica in the second half. Fans may remember him for his performance in the UEFA Champions League this season for Olympiacos against Manchester United.

(145 Mins)

And Ruiz is on the end of it but cant get his header on target.

(145 Mins)

Costa Rica have another free kick which is bad news for Uruguay who havent been defending set-pieces well all game.

(143 Mins)

Almost another stunner from Campbell. Again the young striker fires from distance and his curling effort is inches away from making it 3-1 to Costa Rica. Muslera had no chance if it was on target.

(142 Mins)

What an unbelievable few minutes for Costa Rica. Uruguay look absolutely stunned by whats just happened.

(141 Mins)

Gargano has also been replaced by Alvaro Gonzalez for Uruguay.

(139 Mins)

Uruguay look to stop the rot and immediately replace the anonymous Forlan with Nicolas Lodeiro.

(137 Mins)

Duarte gives Costa Rica the lead with a lunging header. After missing a chance just moments ago the defender gets on the end of a free kick and with his first international goal puts Costa Rica in front.

(136 Mins)

GOAL Uruguay 1-2 Costa Rica (Oscar Duarte)

(136 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Walter Gargano

(134 Mins)

Costa Rica are right back in this now. A fabulous cross by Gamboa finds Campbell in the box, he turns the ball onto his left foot and smashes it past Muslera who had no chance.

(-1058972843 Mins)

GOAL Uruguay 1-1 Costa Rica (Joel Campbell)

(130 Mins)

And Costa Rica almost score from the free kick. Oscar Duarte gets on the end of a curling free-kick but its straight at Muslera who scrambles the ball away and Costa Rica cant get the rebound on target.

(129 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Diego Lugano is the first player to be booked tonight for bringing down Joel Campbell.

(127 Mins)

Costa Rica have had a couple of attacks at the start of this half but are yet to seriously trouble Uruguay.

(126 Mins)

And were away in the second half.

(124 Mins)

Costa Rica are having a team huddle just before the start of this second half as Luis Suarez prowls the touchline, will we see him involved in this match?

(120 Mins)

Uruguay may have the lead but this match is far from settled and Costa Rica will be looking to improve in the second half which is just minutes away.

(115 Mins)

It hasnt been the best attacking football weve seen at this years World Cup, both sides have been disciplined with their formations and are proving hard to break down.

(112 Mins)

There was some debate over the penalty kick which allowed Uruguay to take the lead but referee Felix Brych seemed to make the right decision after Lugano was fouled by Junior Diaz in the Costa Rica penalty area.

(109 Mins)

HALF-TIME - And theres the whistle for the break. The score is Uruguay 1-0 Costa Rica.

(108 Mins)

Gamboa bursts forward down the right hand side and his looping cross finds Campbell but he cant direct the header on target. Better from Costa Rica but theyll have to improve in the second half if they want to avoid defeat.

(106 Mins)

There will be two minutes added time at the end of the first half.

(105 Mins)

Brilliant save by Keylor Navas. Uruguay go straight up the other end and Forlans left footed shot takes a deflection and almost loops over the Costa Rican keeper but he acrobatically tips it over the bar.

(104 Mins)

Gonzalez with a great chance! Muslera rushes out to punch but is impeded and misses the ball, Gonzalez runs in late and almost heads the ball into the empty net.

(102 Mins)

Ruiz tries a ball through the Uruguay defence, it takes a deflection and Costa Rica have a corner.

(101 Mins)

The ball comes to Forlan just outside the 18 yard box and he tries to curl it into the top right corner but its quite far wide.

(100 Mins)

The game has settled down just before the half time break, Costa Rica are having to resort to long balls to Joel Campbell but the tactic isnt working.

(98 Mins)

Uruguay look organised and hard to break down, Joel Campbell is outnumbered whenever he gets the ball.

(94 Mins)

Still no clear cut chances for Costa Rica except Campbells long range effort, they have only won one game in 2014 and will have to create more attacks if they want to avoid a sixth defeat this year.

(92 Mins)

The fans are cheering but its into the side netting from Gonzalez. Costa Rica have a free kick but the defender doesnt get enough on the ball to trouble Muslera.

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That penalty was Edinson Cavanis 22nd international goal.

(88 Mins)

Joel Campbell tries to get Costa Rica right back in it and fires from range but his shot is just wide.

(86 Mins)

Replays have shown it was Lugano who handled the ball but he was being fouled by Junior Diaz at the time. Correct decision by the referee.

(85 Mins)

Cavani steps up and smashes the ball into the bottom right corner. Navas goes the right way but the pace on the ball beats the Costa Rican goalkeeper.

(84 Mins)

GOAL - Uruguay 1-0 Costa Rica (Edinson Cavani)

(83 Mins)

And its a penalty for Uruguay. There was definitely a handball in the box but the Costa Rican players are surrounding the referee protesting the penalty decision.

(83 Mins)

Tejeda flies into a challenge and is lucky to get away without a booking, Uruguay have a free kick...

(81 Mins)

The Estadio Castelao is not quite full yet, but the Uruguay fans seem to be outnumbering the Costa Ricans.

(79 Mins)

Godins goal was rightly disallowed for offside. The defender has scored some key goals in the last few months - his strike allowed Atletico Madrid to draw with Barcelona to win this years Spanish Championship.

(77 Mins)

What a chance missed by Cavani. A poor free kick by Forlan pings around the box and finds its way to Edinson Cavani on the right hand side but his volley is a long way off target.

(76 Mins)

Replays seem to suggest it was the correct decision by the match officials. A let off for Costa Rica there.

(76 Mins)

Godin has the ball in the back of the net but it has been flagged for offside.

(72 Mins)

Diego Forlan was the Golden Ball winner at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago, Uruguay will be hoping he can have the same impact with Luis Suarez not fit enough to start tonights game.

(71 Mins)

Duarte appears to handle the ball in the Uruguayan penalty area but the referee signals for a foul after he was pushed by a Costa Rican player.

(70 Mins)

Campbell shows some neat skill to get past a couple of Uruguayan defenders and passes to Pereira but the ball is cut out for a throw in.

(68 Mins)

A mistake by Gonzalez almost lets Forlan in but Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is quick off his line to catch the loose ball.

(67 Mins)

It has been a stop start few minutes with both Costa Rica and Uruguay committing fouls. There have been no clear chances created yet.

(64 Mins)

Costa Rica are playing an unusual formation with five players in their defence. Uruguay seem to have gone for the more conventional 4-4-2.

(63 Mins)

Young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell shows his quick pace by sprinting up the left side of the pitch but the ball is quickly cut out.

(61 Mins)

KICK OFF - And were away, Uruguay with the kick off.

(57 Mins)

Costa Rica have never beaten Uruguay in eight attempts, losing six and drawing two. They will be hoping to change their luck tonight.

(55 Mins)

This is Uruguays first match on Brazilian soil since their victory over Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final.

(54 Mins)

The teams are heading out onto the pitch at the Estadio Castelao for the national anthems. We can expect a great atmosphere tonight from the fans of these two South American countries.

(52 Mins)

This is Costa Ricas fourth appearance in a World Cup but the South American team didnt manage to qualify for the tournament in 2010 and will be looking to improve on their 2006 World Cup performance where they lost all three games they played.

(48 Mins)

Uruguays main striker Luis Suarez is still recovering from a knee operation he had in May and is only fit enough for the bench. However, Uruguay still look dangerous with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, who was the top scorer at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, starting the game.

(46 Mins)

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the opening match of Group D, Uruguay v Costa Rica.

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