World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Stuns Uruguay
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Costa Rica came from a goal down to beat Uruguay 3-1 in Group D of the 2014 World Cup on Saturday.
Copa America champion suffered for the absence of star striker Luis Suarez against Costa Rica at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Edinson Cavani gave the South Americans the lead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute.
Joel Campbell equalized the match in the 54th minute. Three minutes later Oscar Duarte extended Costa Rica’s lead. Marco Urena scored the third goal for Costa Rica with six minutes remaining.
German referee Felix Brych sent off Maximilliano Pereira of Uruguay. The player became the first player to be sent off at the World Cup in Brazil.
"Changing of the pace was very important for us. We must recognize that Uruguay has very strong players, but some are slow,” Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said at the post match media conference.
"We changed the rhythm of the match in the second half and we found their weakness," Pinto added.