Uruguay vs. Costa Rica: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 14, 2014

Costa Rica came from behind to beat Uruguay 3-1 on Saturday—the goals coming from Joel Campbell, Oscar Duarte and Marcos Urena in Fortaleza.

La Celeste had taken the lead when Edinson Cavani converted from the spot in the 24th minute, but Campbell’s equaliser shortly after the break put the Ticos on the front-foot, and at the final whistle the CONCACAF outfit had pulled off an unlikely upset.

Uruguay will next face England on Thursday while Costa Rica will go up against Italy on Friday.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Uruguay Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Uruguay

Muslera: Yet to make a single save.

Caceres: Hasn’t looked terribly comfortable opposite Gamboa.

Lugano: Went to ground after being fouled by Diaz inside the Costa Rica box.

Godin: Had the ball in the back of the net, although his goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

Pereira: Needs to get more involved upfield if Uruguay are to win the possession battle.

Gargano: Uruguay need better distribution from him.

Rios: Passing has been accurate, but he hasn’t touched the ball all that much.

Rodriguez: Proving a handful for Gamboa at times.

Stuani: Barely noticeable in the opening frame.

Forlan: Needs to turn back the clock a few years and find his shooting boots.

Cavani: Missed a sitter before converting from the spot.

Full-Time analysis for Uruguay

Muslera: Out of position on the Campbell equaliser

Caceres: Completely overrun by Gamboa and Ruiz in the second half.

Lugano: The 33-year-old is looking every bit his age, and then some.

Godin: Distribution was quite poor from the Atletico Madrid defender.

Pereira: Sent off for a late, reckless tackle on Campbell.

Gargano: Completed barely three-quarters of his passes and was withdrawn on the hour-mark.

Rios: Committed four fouls as he and his teammates grew in frustration.

Rodriguez: He was perhaps Uruguay’s best attacker before coming off, and that doesn’t say much.

Stuani: Who?

Forlan: Definitely not the forward of four years ago.

Cavani: Completely anonymous after opening the scoring.

Gonzalez: Rate of passing was good after being introduced, but he didn’t create a single, meaningful opening.

Lodeiro: Passed up an excellent shooting opportunity.

Hernandez: Only three touches in 14 minutes.


Costa Rica Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Costa Rica

Navas: But for his heroics late in the first half his side could be 2-0 down.

Gonzalez: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.

Umana: Passing out of the defense has been exemplary.

Duarte: Committed a foul in the Uruguay box ahead of a possible Lugano hand-ball.

Gamboa: Putting in some nice crosses from the right.

Bolanos: He’ll want more than his 22 touches in the next 45 minute period.

Diaz: Conceded the penalty.

Tejeda: Committed a pair of fouls in the first half.

Borges: Distribution has been quite good and he’s growing into the match.

Ruiz: Disappointing so far from one of Costa Rica’s most important players.

Campbell: If the Ticos get a breakthrough it’ll surely come from him.

Full-Time analysis for Costa Rica

Navas: His incredible first-half save looks even bigger in retrospect.

Gonzalez: Finished the match having won each and every one of his aerial battles.

Umana: Positionally sound and a fine distributor on the day.

Duarte: Headed in what proved to be the winner

Gamboa: Tormented Caceres over the 90 minutes.

Bolanos: Picked up an assist on the Duarte winner.

Diaz: Bounced back after committing the penalty offense in the first half.

Tejeda: Put himself about although his distribution could have been better.

Borges: He kept the Ticos midfield ticking.

Ruiz: Plenty of runs and touches from the Fulham man.

Campbell: Opened the scoring and picked up an assist on the Urena goal.

Cubero: Just four touches after being brought on to strengthen the Costa Rica midfield.

Barrantes: A one-minute cameo for the 30-year-old.

Urena: Scored his first international goal in three years shortly after his introduction.


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