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2014 World Cup: Day 3 starts with 2 big upsets

14 Jun

It is an oddmaker’s nightmare so far in Day 3 of 2014 Brazil World Cup as two longhots upset highly favored opponents. The weird night started with Colombia marked its return to football’s biggest stage by routing Greece, 3-0. Minnows Costa Rica continued the night of improbable victories with 3-1 win over 2010 semifinalist Uruguay.

Colombia, who last participated in World Cup in 1998 got goals from Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez, and James Rodriguez surprised many people especially the Greek fans as they easily took control of their opening Group C encounter. The Greeks are left ruing on their countless chances in the match. The defeat continued the streak for Greece of never having held their opponents scoreless and World Cup match. The crowd was predominantly Colombian as they are one of the South American representatives in this World Cup.

In Group D action, the second South American team to play tonight was not as fortunate. Uruguay terribly missed the services their all-time leading scorer Diego Suarez in their 3-1 shock defeat to Costa Rica. The Liverpool striker was held back by coach Roy Hogson while still recovering from a keyhole surgery on a knee injury. It was Uruguay’s first ever loss to Coasta Rica in 9 matches. It was Uruguay who actually scored first in the 24th minute, with Edinson Cavani scoring from the penalty box. Uruguay failed on its lead as they missed the usual threat that Suarez brings at the front. The complexion of the game changed as Costa Rica scored two goals in 8 minutes. 21-year old Joel Campbell and Oscar Duarte converted their chances to doom Uruguay’s chances of making another magical run at the World Cup. Substitute Marcos Urena completed the stunner with a goal in 84th minute. To compound to Uruguay’s problems, defender Maxi Periera got a red card in added time to be the first booter to be sent off in the 2014 World Cup. The starter will miss their all-important clash against European powerhouse England.

Surprise Group C leader Colombia will next face Ivory Coast in Brasalia while Greece will try to salvage some pride and its 2014 campaign against Japan. Jubilant Costa Rica will try to continue their Cinderella journey with a match against Italy. Uruguay will next face England.

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