2014 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay vs Costa Rica - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
If the first-half belonged to Uruguay, then the second-half was for Costa Rica. Much like yesterday's Spain-Holland match, the momentum shifted after the break. It's a cup-set. And also witnessed the first red card of the tournament.
90+6' FULL-TIME Uruguay 1 - 3 Costa Rica.
90+4' - Another free-kick in the Uruguay half. From the following play, they won yet another corner. And there is the worst part of the game. RED CARD for Maximiliano Pereira. The Sevilla defender kicked Campbell.
89' - 5 minutes added.
88' - Costa Rica SUB Michael Barrantes on for Christian Bolanos.
87' - Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica. With minutes left in the match, the South American's are trying to pull at least one back.
85' - GOAL for Costa Rica. Minutes into the game, Marcos Urena made it three for the team. A delightful curling pass from the 24-year-old forward. Junior Diaz's delivery was also sumptuous.
82' - Costa Rica SUB Bryan Ruiz out, Marcos Urena in.
80' - Yellow Card for Martin Caceres.
78' - Egidio Arevalo's header went out of play. Throw in for Costa Rica. If Costa Rica maintained the one goal lead and went onto win the match, it will be their win over any South American side. History beckons for the central American nation.
77' - Newly arrived Abel Hernandez caught off-side.
74' - With 15 minutes to play, Campbell outpaced an ageing Godin from the left flanks. And Costa Rica won a corner. In between, Tabarez made his final substitution. Abel Hernandezcoming on for Cristian Rodriguez.
73' - Costa Rica SUBJose Miguel Cubero on for Yeltsin Tejeda.
72' - It's 12 years since Costa Rica won a Worlc Cup match. Today could be the day to end that lull.
70' - Cristian Gamboa fouled Godin but no booking. Another corner for Uruguay, but from the play, Costa Rica built a counter-attack. Nothing came out of it though.
68' - A good period for Uruguay. Their persistence resulted in a corner as Keylor Navas blocked a Cavani attempt. Moments earlier, Costa Rica defenders jostled to clear a dangerous cross from the right.
67' - Off-side Cavani.
65' - A free-kick for Costa Rica but Bryan Ruiz failed to connect to the delivery as ball sailed over the goal-line.
64' - Costa Rica's pressure almost bore fruits as Joel Campbell almost found his second of the day. Some strike from the distance.
61' - Christian Bolanos took a free kick for Costa Rica, but his attempt was cleared.
60' - With that Christian Stuani will man the centre, alongside Cavani for Uruguay.
59' - Double SUB for Uruguay. But Suarez is still on the bench. Diego Forlan out, Nicolas Lodeiro in. Walter Gargano out, Alvaro Gonzalez in.
57' - Uruguay 1-2 Costa Rica. And Luis Suarez is warming up. South American champions need inspiration from all possible sources.
56' - GOAL for Costa Rica. What a header from Oscar Duarte for his first international goal. Two goals in two minutes.
55' - Lugano fouled Bryan Ruiz on the run and Yellow Card for the defender. Dangerous period for Uruguay. Free-kick.
54' - Uruguay 1-1 Costa Rica
53' - A little period of build-up for Costa Rica. And GOAL by the ever impressive Joel Campbell. The 22-year-old finished with precision.
51' - Cavani's long ranger flew high over the bar. He was served with a feeder from Christian Stuani at the Costa Rica goal-mouth.
50' - Muslera produced a brilliant save near to the post as a high delivery from the free-kick Oscar Duarte unmarked in front of the Uruguay goal.
49' - Free kick and Lugano booked for a lunge on Campbell. Poor challenge.
48' - Throw-in for Costa Rica.
47' - Martin Caceres' throw-in. But Costa Rica soon got the ball in their possession. By the way, Uruguay have scored in seven consecutive World Cup games.
46' - Second-half gets underway, with Uruguay finding lots of space in the centre.
In the first-half, Uruguay, thanks to their formidable front-line, found four shots on target from seven attempts. But, for Costa Rica, it was none from four attempts.
Despite a high number of fouls, 16, Brych controlled the game and there was no booking.
45+2' - HALF-TIME: Uruguay 1- 0 Costa Rica.
45' - Cristian Gamboa of Costa Rica chested a high delivery from the other side, and he dispatched a teasing ball inside the Uruguay box. But nothing came off the attempt.
44' - From the save, Uruguay won their first corner. But Costa Rica defenders coped well to launch the ball into the opponent half. 2 Minutes added.
43' - Forlan magic. Looping and moving ball was saved by splendid Keylor Navas. Forlan is always a threat with his trickery.
42' - Corner for Costa Rica. But the onrushing Giancarlo Gonzalez was just away from connecting. A chance wasted for Costa Rica.
40' - Cristian Rodriguez was fouled by Oscar Duart in the centre line for the referee to give a free-kick to Uruguay.
39' - Another throw in for Uruguay. And opted to play it safe, rolling the play back in their own half. From the build up, Forlan got an opportunity to bend. But his attempt was not good enough. Goal kick for Costa Rica.
37' - Busy man Diego Lugano, once again tackled hard to foil a Costa Rica attack.
36' - Giancarlo Gonzalez blocked an Uruguay attack from the left.
34' - A slow period of play as both the sides try to consolidate the midfield play.
33' - Maximiliano Pereira took a throw in, from which a free-kick was won by Uruguay.
32' - A clean collection by Keylor Navas, after Forlan's free-kick, which was coming rather awkwardly for the goalie.
31' - After two corners, Uruguay won a goal-kick.
29' - Another foul from the Uruguayans. Egidio Arevalo tried to manhandled Campbell, for which a free-kick was awarded to Costa Rica. From the resultant play, Giancarlo Gonzalez missed a goal scoring opportunity. But won a corner.
27' - Costa Ricans are not certainly waiting. They are playing it hard. And Campbell is leading the central Americans. Diego Godin survived a close call, his lunge to a Costa Rican player could have been booked.
26' - Against the run of the play, Joel Campbell tried a long-ranger but missed the target by a whisker. Good response from the Costa Ricans.
25' - It was one of the easier decisions for the referee to make. Uruguayans, spurred by the goal, continue to push hard.
23' - Edinson Cavani scored from the spot. He drove the ball towards Keylor Navas' left side and the ball hit the net to give the Uruguayans one goal lead.
22' - Uruguay earned a Penalty. The melee in the Costa Rica box from a free-kick from Forlan, witnessed Lugano dragged by Junior Diaz.
21' - Cristian Rodriguez's push deep in the Costa Rica half resulted in the ball going out of play. Goal kick for Costa Rica.
20' - After switching flanks, Costa Rica fall back to start the attack afresh.
18' - Costa Rica earned a throw in after few high balls from either side. From the resultant play, Costa Rica won another throw-in.
16' - Uruguay are starting apply pressure on the Costa Rican defence. Cavani's run in with a defender ended with the PSG man complaining to the official.
15' - Another set-piece delivery from the experienced Forlan, but a poor finish from Cavani saw the ball going over the goal-line.
14' - Godin's goal disallowed, after the defender was ruled offside by the linesman.
12' - Uruguay earned a goal kick after Bryan Ruiz's header sailed over the crossbar. Attacks are nonetheless coming from the Costa Ricans.
11' - Godin's big header saving an imminent threat from the Costa Rican attackers.
10' - Offside. Cavani and Forlan combination was cut short after the call.
9' - Corner for Costa Rica. But s push to Lugano by a Costa Rican player resulted in goal-kick for Uruguay.
7' - Edison Cavani tried his best to build up a attack from the left flank. But an alert defensive unit foiled his attempt.
5' - Throw-in won by Uruguay. Martin Caceres' throw, however, was a rather strange. Only got upwards, nothing came out of it.
4' - Another foul. And another free-kick to Costa Rica.
3' - Costa Rica won a throw in and from the resultant play, won a free kick, first of the match in their own half.
2' - Initial pressure coming from Costa Ricans after a couple of throw in from either flanks.
1' - Uruguay, in their famous sky-blue shirts, started the proceedings against Costa Rica, in all whites.
Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto is the manager of the Costa Rican side, while the very popular Oscar Tabarez is guiding the Uruguayan.
In their previous five meetings, Uruguay have won three times, with two 1-1 draws making up the number.
Felix Brych of Germany will officiate today's match at Fortaleza. The 38-year-old is a lawyer by profession and has been a regular in the Europe. He recently officiated the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final between Sevilla and Benfica in Turin.
Playing XI's are out.
Uruguay XI: 1-Fernando Muslera; 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 22-Martin Caceres; 17-Egidio Arevalo Rios, 5-Walter Gargano, 11-Christian Stuani, 7-Cristian Rodriguez; 10-Diego Forlan, 21-Edinson Cavani
Substitutes: 4-Jorge Fucile, 6-Alvaro Pereira, 8-Abel Hernandez, 9-Luis Suarez, 12-Rodrigo Munoz, 13-Jose Maria Gimenez, 14-Nicolas Lodeiro, 15-Diego Perez, 18-Gaston Ramirez, 19-Sebastian Coates, 20-Alvaro Gonzalez, 23-Martin Silva
Costa Rica XI: 1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umana, 7-Christian Bolanos, 6-Oscar Duarte, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 15-Junior Diaz; 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz; 9-Joel Campbell
Substitutes: 2-Johnny Acosta, 8-Dave Myrie, 11-Michael Barrantes, 12-Waylon Francis, 13-Oscar Esteban Granados, 14-Randall Brenes, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 19-Roy Miller, 20-Diego Calvo, 21-Marco Urena, 22-Jose Miguel Cubero, 23-Daniel Cambronero
Uruguay take on Costa Rica in the first match of Group D at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. This has been touted as the "Group of Death" as other members of this group include England and Italy. From Uruguay`s perspective, winning this match is of prime importance as the next two matches will be extremely tough.
Even if Luis Suarez is not part of today`s match, the South American`s still have too much firepower for Costa Rica in the form of Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan. Costa Rica will look at Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz to do the business for them against Uruguay. They will start as the underdogs in this match and as well as the group.