Costa Rica picked up a historic win against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup, capping it off with a skillful goal in the 83rd minute for a 3-1 victory. However, this was no fluke; Costa Rica won with skill on both sides of the ball.
All goals scored by Costa Rica started with brilliantly accurate passing and ended with pinpoint execution by the goal scorer. To tie the game at 1-1 in the second half, Joel Campbell found himself wide open in the box after a great cross, took his time, and ripped a shot across the goalie to the open net. A dominant looking goal from an up-and-coming star.
The go-ahead goal was scored by Oscar Duarte, with a fantastic diving header off a perfectly placed free kick in the box. The first two goals to put Costa Rica into a position they’ve never been in were made by pure ability and precision.
The clincher in the 83rd minute was the most impressive pass of all of them, leading Marco Urena long on the right wing, before Urena expertly flicked a rolling ball to the open net around the sliding Uruguay keeper.
Speaking of keepers, Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas solidified himself as one of the premier tenders in the 2014 World Cup, with athletic saves and smart defense in the box.
Precision passing and great goal keeping, along with England and Italy beating up on each other later on Saturday, could lead to a surprising group win for Costa Rica.