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Group D

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica in Fortaleza.

Match Preview

Uruguay and Costa Rica met during the South Africa 2010 qualifiers, when the fifth placed CONMEBAL team faced the fourth placed CONCACAF team in a play-off.

The game in Montevideo, on 18th November, 2009 ended in a draw (1:1); but Uruguay had scored the only goal in San Jose, four days previously, to qualify for the 2010 Finals.

The Match

After his end-of-season minor knee operation, Luis Suarez is not in the starting line-up against Costa Rica, but he is on the bench.

Nice to have him back.

At the other end, Costa Rica looked to have a somewhat defensive mindset to counter Uruguay's offensive talents.

The England spies wouldn't have compiled much of a report from the opening twenty minutes; bar a few pushes in the back.

Well, Diego Forlan still likes his hairband, Costa Rica's Joel Campbell seems keen to impress Arsene Wenger, and Diego Lugano puts his hand in the air and tries to catch the ball, to attract the referee's attention when he feels he's being impeded.

The second time he did that, it worked and Uruguay were awarded a penalty.

Goalscorers 1:0
Edinson Cavani made no mistake from the penalty spot but there was no need for Junior Diaz to put his arms around Diego Lugano's waist in the first place.

Costa Rica only had themselves to blame for being behind.

Diego Godin missed the chance of a header at the far post for Costa Rica before the break and Keylor Navas made a good save after another one of Diego Forlan's wide-flying strikes was deflected towards the goal.

Otherwise the first-half in Fortaleza was not as exciting as previous games.

With all the pushing and holding in the penalty area, Costa Rica could feel entitled to a penalty or two themselves.

Half-time: Uruguay 1 - Costa Rica 0

When presented with a free chance, Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez headed at Fernando Muslera and scuffed the rebound.

Goalscorers 1:1
The Central Americans needed to sharpen up and look a little more positive and Joel Campbell did just that; firing an half-volley firmly past Muslera.

Goalscorers 1:2
Uruguay then conceded a needless foul just minutes later and Oscar Duarte met the Christian Bolanos free-kick with his head; just before the boot of an Urugyuan defender could get to it.

Substitutions Uruguay had used all their substitutions and Luis Suarez was not one of them.

Goalscorers 1:3
The Premier League's leading goalscorer could only rub his face in frustration as Joel Campbell broke down the right to lay the ball in for substitute Marcos Urena.

Red Cards Into injury time, Joel Campbell's trickery proved too much for Uruguay's frustrated Maxi Pereira, who was rightly sent off just before the final whistle for a callous chop on the youngster.

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Final Score: Uruguay 1 - Costa Rica 3
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Goalscorers:
1:0 - Edinson Cavani (24 mins, penalty)
1:1 - Joel Campbell (54 mins)
1:2 - Oscar Duarte (57 mins)
1:3 - Marcos Urena (85 mins)

Teams

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay:
1-Fernando Muslera; 16-Maxi Pereira, 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 22-Martin Caceres; 11-Christian Stuani, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 5-Walter Gargano, 7-Cristian Rodriguez; 10-Diego Forlan, 21-Edinson Cavani.

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica:
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 6-Oscar Duarte, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umana, 15-Junior Diaz; 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 7-Christian Bolanos; 10-Bryan Ruiz, 9-Joel Campbell.

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Red Cards 1 red card:
90 mins - Maxi Pereira (Uruguay)

Yellow Cards 3 yellow cards:
50 mins - Diego Lugano (Uruguay)
56 mins - Walter Gargano (Uruguay)
80 mins - Martin Caceres (Uruguay)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
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Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
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Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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