In surprising turn of events, Costa Rica defeats Uruguay in the Castelão Arena

In surprising turn of events, Costa Rica defeats Uruguay in the Castelão Arena

South Americans came out ahead but were overturned in the second half. Costa Rica won by 3 x 1

Neither the two World Cup titles nor the third place in the last World Cup in South Africa were enough to assert Uruguay’s favouritism against Costa Rica this Saturday (14 June) in Fortaleza’s Castelão Arena.

The Uruguayans did score first. Defender Lugano suffered a penalty 20 minutes into the first half, which Cavani shot to the left corner of the goal and opened the score in the Castelão Arena.

But the second half was dominated by Costa Rica. Campbell equalised at 54′, netting a rebound from the Uruguayan defence. Shortly after, at 57′, defender Oscar Duarte snatched a header from a free kick cross and got Costa Rica into the lead. At 84′, Marco Ureña, who had just entered the match, sealed Uruguay’s fate by dispatching a shot past goalkeeper Muslera.

“It was a hard-fought match, and they made great use of the opportunities they had. It was a tough loss for us. And we’ll have to digest it quickly, because the competition continues and our pride to be Uruguayan is at stake,” said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, who also added that the return of team star Suarez is paramount: “He is essential”.

Uruguay’s next match is against England next Thursday (19 June) at the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo. Costa Rica faces Italy in Recife’s Pernambuco Arena on Friday (20 June).