World Cup 2014 – Group D: Uruguay vs Costa Rica Match Report

16 Jun

Well, well. I professed earlier Group D was all about the drama and this game sure delivered! Three second half goals, and Costa Rica claimed the first victory in Group D much to the surprise of, well, most everyone. I unexpectedly ended up watching the match with a large group of Costa Rica fans, and they were not surprised at all. ☺ Nor were the ones at the match.


Uruguay: Cavani 24’ (PK)
Costa Rica: Campbell 54’; Duarte 57’; Ureña 84’


Uruguay: Forlán, Muslera, Stuani, Cavani, Lugano, Godín, Cáceres, Pereira, Ríos, Rodríguez, Gargano

Costa Rica: Navas, Ruiz, Díaz, Borges, González, Duarte, Campbell, Tejeda, Gamboa, Umaña, Bolaños

FIFA Man of the Match: Campbell, CRC
HB&HB Headband of the Match: Bolaños, ’cause it could hold back a river


Armpit hair trimmed? Check!

“One is the only number I need to know”

Official pitch inspection

First Half

Following the obligatory impassioned sing-alongs with the national anthems, the first match of Group D was underway!

“To score or not to score. Which should I choose?”

Indeed, the first real attack came courtesy of that lovable moppet Forlán. He peeled away from two defenders and just missed getting on the end of a beautiful cross from Cáceres. A nervy moment for Costa Rica but Navas quickly smothered the ball.

Hand Ball #1 – Lugano aka “give me a ‘U’, give me an ‘R’…”

GOAL!! NOT!!! Godin got on the end of a flick-on from Cavani and looped the ball over the top of Navas. He’s ruled offside though and the score remained at 0-0.

Another chance for Uruguay quickly followed. Forlán delivered a free kick which took a deflection off Umana. The ball fell nicely for Cavani who had all the time in the world to get himself set for the shot. Which he sent well wide of the net. To be fair, he looked to have been caught by surprise. But then, this happened.

Hand Ball #2 – Lugano aka “sugar, we’re going down”

Lugano’s second hand ball at 22’ led to an Uruguay penalty. Yes, I wrote that right. It was a hand ball by Lugano but given that Díaz was bear hugging him from behind at the time, the penalty was the right call. Cavani lined up and coolly slotted it home.

“Can you see my smile? Is it too big?”

This goal perked up what had been a rather slow game. Costa Rica finally got a good sight of the Uruguay goal via young Joel Campbell. Left with space to run in, he let fly a strike from 25 yards which just narrowly missed…this time.

A free kick moments later afforded González the chance to equalize. But the ball took a slight deflection and ended up hitting the side netting instead. Back came Uruguay down the left with Rodríguez. The ball eventually made its way to Forlán near the edge of the box but he hesitated and Costa Rica were able to stifle the chance.

“I did choose “to score” at the start of the match, right?”

At the other end, Costa Rica won a corner and Bolaños sent in a cross which missed Borges, bounced to González who just missed with a diving header…this time. Just before the half, it was time for Navas to strut his stuff.

A shot from Forlán took a deflection and looped up in the air towards the goal. Somehow Navas managed to get back and punch it away just as it was about to drop below the bar. Incredible! I’d say save of the World Cup thus far. Certainly the defining moment of this game.

Second Half The intensity at the end of the first half held at the start of the second. The first yellow card arrived in the 50’ with Lugano bringing down Campbell who was looking to break. For a game so ‘hands-y’ it was surprising it took so long for a yellow card to be shown.

At this point, it felt like Costa Rica were going to break through; it was just a matter of time. And that time was minute 54. Gooner-playing-everywhere-but-at-Arsenal forward Campbell managed to get on the end of a deflected cross from Bolaños just outside the Uruguay box. GOAL!! Costa Rica had their equalizer.

“Hello world! My name is Joel, Joel Campbell.”

Uruguay promptly responded with Gargano picking up the second yellow card of the match. Tsk tsk. Costa Rica’s response to that? Another GOAL!! Bolaños once again sent in a cross to the back post, where Duarte was waiting to show us all his mad skills with diving headers. Put this one up there with Van Persie’s as one of the best 2014 World Cup goals.

Stunned by the two goals, Uruguay called for a double substitution. Forlán was substituted for Lodeiro and Gargano for González. Costa Rica kept pressing though, with Campbell coming close yet again with a powerhouse of a shot just narrowly missing the top corner.

Cavani, who had not imposed himself on the game much following the penalty, started to come alive. He ghosted into the Costa Rica box, brought down a long ball but was once again ruled offside. Other chances followed but he just could not make it happen. Navas made sure of it, as did the linesman.

Costa Rica used their second substitution to bring on Urena for Ruiz at 83’. What an inspired move because…GOAL!! Barely two minutes after entering the pitch Urena put the game to bed by brilliantly finishing a lovely through ball from Campbell. Marvel at its simplicity.

I wish I knew what this man was saying. Whatever it is, ditto!

Pinto seems ecstatic

Lugano, not so much. Another facial masterpiece.

Five minutes of added time did Uruguay no favours. Pereira decided to take out Campbell resulting in a red card. An announcer made the comment, “what was he thinking?” He wasn’t thinking; he was feeling and his frustration got the better of him. He knew he did wrong.

And whistle! An historic victory for Costa Rica!

Well done boys!

The Suarez agony

This was such an exciting game!

Looking forward to the next round of Group D drama!

– hopechaser (twitter: hopechaser11 )

3 Responses to “World Cup 2014 – Group D: Uruguay vs Costa Rica Match Report”

  1. Shan June 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    someone has to mention how the entire Uruguay team was wearing their shirts a la Llorente 🙂 Looks like Cáceres learned well from him and taught his national team the right way to bring joy to many households. 🙂

    • hopechaser June 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

      Lol – yes, and thanks for doing so! All teams should make the second skin mandatory.


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