Jun 6, 2014; Chester, PA, USA; Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell (9) dribbles the ball during the second half of the friendly match against Ireland at PPL Park. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell goal ties game with Uruguay (GIF)


Costa Rica was playing Uruguay in Group D action at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Saturday. It is a group that could be considered the toughest in the tournament and Costa Rica is considered the weakest in the group.

Costa Rica was unaware of that perception and is playing Uruguay tough. They fell behind by a goal in the first half after a penalty in the box awarded the Uruguayans a penalty kick. Those penalties were becoming a theme of the World Cup, though this one isn’t as controversial as others we’ve seen in the tournament.

It took till the second half for the Costa Ricans to tie things up and it was none other than striker Joel Campbell. He controlled the ball beautifully, chesting it down and then moving to his left.

He struck the ball with his left foot redirecting the ball back across the goal towards the right post where it got past the Uruguayan keeper to tie the game up.

Minutes later Costa Rica would go on to take the lead.

Campbell 1-2

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