Player Ratings: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

Sports Mole's player ratings from Costa Rica's 3-1 victory over Uruguay in Group D of the World Cup.

Costa Rica got their World Cup Group D campaign off to a winning start by beating Uruguay 3-1 in Fortaleza.

Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay the lead, but goals from Joel Campbell, Oscar Duarte and Marco Urena earned the Costa Ricans a memorable victory.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during an entertaining 90 minutes.


Players of Uruguay pose for a team picture prior to a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

URUGUAY

Goal

Fernando Muslera: Cannot be blamed for the goals that his side conceded this evening. Did well to keep out a close-range header from Duarte at the start of the second half. (6/10)

Defence

Maxi Pereira: Committed an awful late challenge on Campbell that earned him a deserved red card. Struggled to get into the match and failed to make his usual positive contribution down the right wing. (4/10)

Diego Lugano: Won the penalty for Uruguay in the first half, but struggled to deal with Campbell's pace all evening. Failed to deal with the aerial threat of his opponents throughout. (5/10)

Diego Godin: Like his centre-back partner Lugano, he struggled to deal with Costa Rica's pace in attack. Defended poorly from set pieces all evening. (5/10)

Martin Caceres: Got forward well in the first half, but his influence faded. Could have done better to prevent Gamboa from setting up Campbell's goal. (6/10)

Midfield

Egidio Arevalo Rios: Beaten in the air by Duarte for Costa Rica's second goal. Allowed the opposition far too much space in the midfield. (6/10)

Walter Gargano: Failed to keep possession of the ball in the second half as his side faded. Booked for a poor challenge on Ruiz. (6/10)

Cristian Rodriguez: One of his side's best players and tried to pull the strings in the attack. Substituted late on. (6/10)

Attack

Christian Stuani Struggled to make a positive impact for his side. Sloppy in possession. (6/10)

Diego Forlan: Almost scored with a deflected strike in the first half. Was taken off on the hour-mark as his influence on the game faded. (6/10)

Edinson Cavani: Scored with a first-half penalty and came close with a powerful header after the break. Was not given enough service from his teammates. (7/10)

Substitutes

Alvaro Gonzalez: Entered on the hour mark in place of Forlan, but could not make an impact. (5/10)

Nicolas Lodeiro: Arrived alongside Gonzalez, but struggled to get into the match. (6/10)

Abel Hernandez: Came on for Hernandez in the 74th minute and had little time to make an impression. (5/10)


Costa Rica players line up for a photo before a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

COSTA RICA

Goal

Keylor Navas: Made a stunning save from Forlan in the first half and an equally impressive stop from Cavani after the break. Had no chance of saving Cavani's penalty. (8/10)

Defence

Giancarlo Gonzalez: Almost scored at the end of the first half, but couldn't connect with Ruiz's corner. Was solid throughout and helped keep Uruguay at bay. (7/10)

Michael Umana: Was a rock at the back all evening and distributed the ball well. Aerially dominant and stayed calm throughout. (8/10)

Oscar Duarte: Gave his side the lead with a fine diving header. Was solid at the back and kept his opponents' chances to a minimum. (8/10)

Junior Diaz: Conceded a poor penalty in the first half, but made up for it with an assured display after the break. (7/10)

Cristian Gamboa: Produced a brilliant cross that led to Campbell's goal. Ensured that Uruguay's attack was kept quiet down the right hand side of the pitch. (8/10)

Midfield

Celso Borges: Competed well in the middle of the pitch. Ensured that Uruguay's attacking players had little time on the ball. (7/10)

Christian Bolanos: Steady performance in the heart of the midfield. His free kicks caused Uruguay problems throughout the evening. (7/10)

Yeltsin Tejeda: Battled well but his distribution let him down at times. Replaced by Cubero late on. (6/10)

Attack

Bryan Ruiz: Showed his class with a fine performance in the midfield. Was always a threat from set pieces and set up his country's second goal. (8/10)

Joel Campbell: Constantly threatened the Uruguay defence with well-timed runs down the flanks. Took his goal brilliantly and set up Urena for the third. (9/10)

Substitutes

Jose Cubero: Was introduced for Valverde in the closing stages and helped to control the midfield. (6/10)

Marco Urena: Made an immediate impact off the bench with his side's third goal of the game that sealed the points. (8/10)

Michael Barrantes: Came on for Bolanos in the final minute and had little chance to make an impact. (5/10)


Joel Campbell of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal with the ball under his jersey as teammates Oscar Duarte and Michael Umana run on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 1
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