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SATURDAY'S ROUNDUP

SATURDAY'S ROUNDUP

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Costa Rica 3, Uruguay 1

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Watching from the bench, Luis Suarez saw just how much his teammates miss him.

Uruguay was overrun by Group D underdog Costa Rica at the World Cup, a stunning result for the team that reached the semifinals four years ago and had every reason to think it could repeat that in Brazil.

Even with Suarez staying on the bench for the entire game after failing to fully recover from knee surgery, coach Oscar Tabarez fielded a side that included eight players from the 2010 team. But after going ahead through a first-half penalty, Uruguay was taken apart on counterattacks as Costa Rica scored three times in the second half to open Group D with a major upset.

"We made mistakes today that we haven't made for a long time. It's too early to explain this," Tabarez said. "Football means that sometimes you have to lose. You can't lose heart, you just have to improve."

Costa Rica's lone striker, Joel Campbell, led most of the team's counterattacks and finally delivered the equalizer in the 54th, driving in a ball headed down by Celso Borges to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Oscar Duarte dived past the outstretched foot of Uruguay's Cristian Stuani to head in the winner for the Central Americans, and substitute Marcos Urena added the third with six minutes left, catching out Muslera to slot the ball in from a tight angle.

"We spotted that they had weaknesses and we looked at those. We worked hard on headers and ways to dominate in the air and we did that tonight," Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said.

Colombia 3, Greece 0

BEL0 H0RIZ0NTE, Brazil - Colombia started its first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece to open Group C in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd.

Left back Pablo Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Striker Teofilo Gutierrez poked in Colombia's second goal from a deflected corner in the 58th and James Rodriguez capped it off with a low shot in stoppage time after a slick backheel flick from Juan Cuadrado.

"It was a good debut with players who had never played a World Cup. It's a big satisfaction," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. "This is how we planned this match. Some things turned out the way we wanted, some things didn't, but we were very focused and showed that we're here to play a good World Cup."

Ivory Coast 2, Japan 1

RECIFE, Brazil — Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.

Drogba, who was dealing with a thigh injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0.

The star striker's arrival immediately lifted the Ivory Coast team, and Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored with headers two minutes apart. Both goals were set up by curling crosses from defender Serge Aurier.

Coach Sabri Lamouchi's inspired substitution negated Keisuke Honda's first-half goal that had given Japan the lead

Drogba, the 36-year-old former Chelsea star, started for Ivory Coast in the last two World Cups, but neither of those sides made it out of group play. He probably lacks the fitness to play 90 minutes these days, but his impact as a substitute can be dramatic, as was shown on a rainy night in Recife.

— The Associated Press

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