Clinical Costa Rica fight back to stun Uruguay

Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:42pm EDT
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By Gideon and Long

FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Costa Rica pulled off the biggest upset of the World Cup so far, scoring three second-half goals to come from behind and beat former champions Uruguay 3-1 in their opening Group D match on Saturday.

The result left Uruguay's World Cup ambitions in disarray in this, one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

They face England in Sao Paulo next while the jubilant Costa Ricans, who have only once made it out of the group stages at a World Cup, travel to Recife to take on Italy.

The Italians will not take that match lightly. Costa Rica were every bit as good as Uruguay in the heat of Fortaleza's Castelao arena and thoroughly deserved to win.

Promising young striker Joel Campbell set them on the way, chesting down a cross from the right after 54 minutes and slamming home a low shot to cancel out Edinson Cavani's first- half penalty.

Center back Oscar Duarte then put the Central Americans ahead just three minutes later with a brave diving header at the back post from a Christian Bolanos free kick.

Substitute Marco Urena completed one of most memorable victories in his country's modest footballing history with a third in the 84th minute, silencing an army of sky blue-clad fans who had made the trip north from the River Plate.


Costa Rica's Marco Urena (in white) scores a goal next to Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, June 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Blake