Costa Rica grabbed the first shock of the FIFA Worlc Cup 2014 as they beat last edition’s semi finalists Uruguay by 3-1. Edinson Cavani had earlier given Oscar Tabarez’s side the lead thanks to a penalty but two three goals in teh seond half menats the CONCAF representing country would bag full points to send shockwaves across Latin America.


Uruguay were stodgy in possession and lacked any kind of creativity while the Costa Ricans grew inconfidence with each second in the second half. As the Guardian reports: “The star of the show was Joel Campbell, who lit up Fontaleza with his footwork, energy and youthful arrogance. A drab game turned into a brilliant and unexpected World Cup shock.”

Uruguay were also reduced to ten men late into the game when Alvaro Pereira was sent off for a reckless challenge on Campbell as the referee rightly gave teh player marching orders.

PSG‘S Cavani had earlier given Uruguay the lead from teh penalty spot after Diego Lugano was brought down in teh penalty box but young Arsenal striekr Joel Campbell turned the show within minutes. The 21 year old lashed in a ferocious drive when zipped past Muslera in the Uruguay goal minutes before Duarte bravely headed home the second.

The rout was complete when Campbell slipped in an immaculate low pass for substitute Marco Urena who slotted past the onrushing Muslera.