By RYAN TOLMICH
Costa Rica was going to need a little bit of magic to knock off top seeded Uruguay, and magic is exactly what they got from the feet of one of their youngest stars.
Joel Campbell led the way for Los Ticos by providing a goal and an assist in what will go down as one of the biggest wins in Costa Rican soccer history. The 21-year-old Olympiacos star may have gotten his big break by scoring against Manchester United in a February Champions League contest, but the winger scored the biggest goal of his career Saturday by slamming the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to equalize with heavily favored Uruguay.
Campbell turned provider by serving up substitute Marco Ureña for Los Ticos’ third and final goal, which effectively ended any aspirations of a Uruguay comeback.
Campbell’s performance earned him recognition as SBI’s World Cup Man of the Match, beating out teammates Ureña, Oscar Duarte and Keylor Navas for today’s honors.
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