Underdogs Costa Rica provided the shock of the tournament so far with a stunning 1-3 win over a much fancied Uruguay side that finished fourth in the World Cup just four years ago.
Oscar Duarte was the hero for Costa Rica when he headed accurately past Muslera to send pre-tournament whipping boys into ecstasy. His first goal for his national side.
Things went from good to brilliant for Joel Campbell and co when Marco Urena slotted home past on onrushing Muslera, picking up man of the match Joel Campbell’s intelligent through ball.
The favourites took the lead though after 24 minutes through Edinson Cavani’s penalty, powered in low past Keynor Navas’ left hand side who dived the right way but just couldn’t get a hand to it.
Diego Lugano was the man who won the penalty when he was felled by a rugby tackle from behind by Junor Diaz.
Costa Rica scored a shock leveler on the 54 minute mark when a neat passing move was worked to Cristian Gamboa who delivered a superb cross that landed at the feet of Joel Campbell who took a touch before lashing the ball into the back of the net.
It was almost 1-3 when key man Campbell again went close, a curling effort from distance whistling past Muslera’s goal.
La Sele showed promise throughout the game, firstly when Campbell struck a fierce shot that flew just past the post.
They went close again when Christian Bolanos’ free-kick found itself at Giancarlo Gonzalez’s feet and a weak shot from him was deflected out for a corner which Uruguay dealt with.
Diego Forlan had Uruguay’s closest effort in the first half – a blocked shot by Duarte that was looping over Navas but he produced a fine stop to tip it over for a corner.
Despite being the much stronger team on paper, La Celeste just couldn’t find a way through, goal scorer Cavani had a half chance with a header but Navas was equal to it.
It got even more embarrassing for Uruguay when Maxi Pereira took a nasty and needless swipe at Campbell and saw red to sum up an awful night for the South Americans.