Uruguay vs. Costa Rica: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: Luis Suarez celebrates with Diego Forlan of Uruguay celebrates after he scored his team's first goal from a free kick during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images)
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Uruguay open their World Cup finals campaign on Saturday as they face off against Group D's weakest side, Costa Rica.

The match will take place in Fortaleza and gives Uruguay the perfect opportunity to steal a yard on group opponents England and Italy, who clash later in the day.

Here is how you can catch this important Group D game:

When: Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. ET)

Where: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, Brazil.

TV: ITV/ITV HD (UK only); ABC (US only)

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK only); ABC Go (US only) 

Suarez to Fire Uruguay to Glory

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When you remove Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi from the equation, there is only one footballer who can currently stand with their genius and form.

Luis Suarez has completed his transformation from the bad boy of the Premier League into one of world football's elite players.

Having hit 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances, per Squawka, the Uruguay hitman almost drove Liverpool over the finish line to win the championship, only falling at the final hurdle.

But now his focus is on his country, and after a layoff due to injury, Suarez is ready for action.

Suarez had keyhole surgery on his left knee on May 22, per Jim White of the Telegraph, but is back in full training and building towards competitive football.

White quotes the player saying:

The knee is getting better. I feel very good. I have to go day by day but everything is going the right way.

And football writer Ben Dinnery tweeted about the player's recovery, quoting playing colleague Cristian Rodriguez:

Suarez is an incredibly self-motivating player, and he will be desperate to shine for his country on the biggest of stages.

If this tournament had arrived a year earlier, the feeling towards Suarez and his involvement would have been very different after his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea, per the Guardian.

Though it is impossible to say that Suarez is rehabilitated from his demonic ways of previous, he has allowed his blessed football talents do the talking in 2013-14.

The World Cup deserves to have a player of his ability involved fully.

Costa Rica will not be able to stop Suarez if he takes part. Even a second-half cameo by the player could be enough for Uruguay to seal the points.

A Supporting Cast of Brilliance

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It is easy to think that Uruguay are a one-man team with the presence of Suarez, but this theory is completely flawed.

In Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, Uruguay have a variation in attack that most nations in this competition can only dream of boasting.

Forlan is the Golden Ball winner from 2010 after finishing as the World Cup's best player in South Africa, and though now 35 years old, he still has the ability for the extraordinary.

Famed for his intelligence and finishing prowess, Forlan has always been one of international football's more endearing personalities. Journalist Simon Austin recently recognised this when he tweeted:

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With Forlan, Uruguay also has Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain, one of the planet's great predatory strikers. If Suarez never existed, it would be Cavani to whom a nation of millions would look as their outright hero and icon.

Cavani smashed 16 goals in 30 league matches for PSG last year, per Squawka, despite having to play wide and out of position. He is a magnificent attacker who would walk into most sides on the planet.

With this holy trinity, Uruguay can go far in this tournament and be the World Cup's surprise package. With the competition being on South American soil, it feels that the dice has rolled in favour of Suarez and Co., and they will have a great advantage over their rivals.

But the key lies with the Liverpool striker and having him at the peak of his fitness.

Suarez has performed at a new level of consistency this year, and he could end it perfectly by being the star of the show in Brazil.


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