Uruguay vs. Costa Rica – high Uruguayan ambitions against hidden danger

World Cup 2014
Group D
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 20:00 GMT (16:00 Local time)
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza

Uruguay vs Costa Rica Preview
Uruguay vs Costa Rica Preview

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica Preview

Uruguay still has big ambitions at the World Championships. The last World Cup in Brazil, played 64 years ago, has remained in the most beautiful memories of this country, because they won their second title of world champion by winning Brazil at overcrowded Maracana stadium (200,000 spectators). They have missed eight world championships till now, so we can say that the two titles are a great success. Costa Rica does not have a great football history, but this team has not accidentally arrived at the World Cup, and the winner of this game cannot be known in advance.

Uruguay is the official champion of the South America and participant of the semi-finals of the previous World Cup, when they was defeated by Germany (2-3). However, Uruguay was not brilliant in qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil, achieving the placement through a barrage, beating Jordan with total 5-0. They played two friendly games before the World Cup, beating Northern Ireland (1-0) and Slovenia (2-0). Football public in Uruguay, was focused on Luis Suarez, who will not be a participant in the first game of the championship. However, they are favorite in the first game, and possible blunder against the weakest opponents in the group could be fatal for the next round.

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Probable line-up of Uruguay (4-4-2): Muslera –Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres – Rios, Lodeiro, Stuani, Rodriguez – Forlan, Cavani

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America, but football is favorite sport, especially after excellent results of the national team achieved in qualification for the World Championship. They won second place in their qualifying zone, achieving five victories, three draws and two defeats, with only seven goals received in 10 appearances. A national team that achieve a better result than national team of Mexico does not deserve to be underestimated. We should expect a defensive tactics at this championship as well, although Costa Rica will be weakened in defense due to absence of injured defender Oviedo.

Probable line-up of Costa Rica (5-3-2): Navas – Gamboa, Umana, Gonzalez, Acosta, Diaz -Bolanos, Borges, Tejeda – Campbell, Ruiz

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica Match Prediction

Regardless of what the Costa Rica is defense-oriented, Uruguay will find a path to their net at least twice. Uruguay Team Totals Over 1.5.

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