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

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica, Bandit’s World Cup Recap

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Uruguay vs. Costa Rica

The girl I dated in college was from Uruguay, so I guess what I’m trying to say is GO COSTA RICA.

Most people said Uruguay would compete with England and Italy to advance. Maybe it was my ex-girlfriend bias, or maybe it was that I’m a football prophet of the highest order, probably the former, but I never had a good feeling about this Uruguayan squad.

Now Costa Rica is in the drivers seat with a chance to upset one of the big boys. Costa Rica fought Uruguay hard all match long and didn’t come to this World Cup to be anyones easy point. As I write this England and Italy are playing and the loser of this game is going to face a hungry Costa Rica. To me those are the underdogs are most dangerous teams in the group stage. You think you’re going into a game to grab some easy points and a scrappy team with some fire comes up and hits you in the mouth.

The best part of the Uruguay vs. Costa Rica match was easily Joel Campbell’s goal celebration. Joel Campbell is only twenty one years old and is the team’s youngster. So after a goal that makes him the youngest person to ever score a goal in the World Cup he did this:
 

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Campbell is my kind of football player, an Ochocinco for the World Cup? The celebrations from this World Cup have been great and varied. That might be due to the number of them though. Either the younger faster teams in this years cup are just more offensively minded, or they teams are not playing well defensively because we have a had a lot of goals.

Uruguay is really in a hard spot now and it’s very unlikely that they find their way out of the group stage. They would more than likely need to get wins over Italy and England, that seems far fetched.
Then again this World Cup hasn’t followed the script so far, so who knows?

Bandit’s Rooting Interest: Obviously I am happy to see Uruguay go home early, but my love of chaos tugs at me too. This group could get really messy really fast. No matter what happens though I’m rooting for the hungry little Costa Rica to advance.

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