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Costa Rica shock Uruguay to win 3-1

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-14

Costa Rica caused a major upset in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, defeating a heavily fancied Uruguay 3-1 in their Group D clash.

Uruguay left star striker Luis Suarez on the bench but went ahead when Edinson Cavani scored a penalty in the 24th minute after Diego Lugano was brought down in the box.

They managed to hold onto their lead until half-time, despite Costa Rica looking increasingly threatening.

But two quick goals after the break put Costa Rica on course for a surprise victory against the Copa America champions and third-placed finishers in 2010.

First lone striker Joel Campbell slotted in a ball headed down by Celso Borges in the 54th to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Just two minutes later Oscar Duarte dived past the outstretched foot of Uruguay's Cristian Stuani to head the underdogs in front.

With Liverpool star Suarez confined to the bench recovering from a knee injury, Uruguay were unable to offer much in response and substitute Marcos Urena added a third for Costa Rica with six minutes left, catching out Muslera to slot the ball in from a tight angle.

Uruguay's Maxi Pereira was red carded in injury time to compound his team's misery.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

Date created : 2014-06-14

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