On ITV, Sunderlander manager and former Uruguay player Guy Poyet says he does indeed think Suarez is being saved for the England game.
The teams are out of the tunnel and the national anthems are underway. Canvani and Forlan are standing next to each other. Two very good strikers, even more striking hair. Graphed on a dual axis of skill and "flowing locks minimally contained by hair bands", they are undeniably the best forward partnership in world football.
Speaking of those Uruguayan, Cavan is player further forward with Forlan dropping back a bit. That makes sense given their skill sets. By which I mean Cavani's pace and Forlan's lack of anything resembling it.
Game so far is pretty balanced. No clear chances for either side and fairly balanced possession.
And as soon as I typed that Forland was dropping deeper, he starts playing right between the Costa Rican centerbacks. #tactics #analysis
Costa Rica win a corner and handle the delivery. Uruguay look to work the ball down the right and set Forlan through inside the box but he's offside.
The Costa Rican's are holding their own so far. Until the ball breaks through to Cavani on the far post from a free kick. He should not just put the ball on target but score but instead he does neither. Bad miss for a player of his quality.
Unclear why Uruguay inspire so much aesthetic analysis.
Yikes, nasty two-footed tackle. Forlan takes the free kick. And it's a PENALTY to Uruguay. Lugano seemed to handle the ball, but the Costa Rica wrapped his arms around his waste. Cavani takes.
GOAL. Uruguay 1 - 0 Costa Rica. Cavani smashes it low and to the right. Pretty textbook.
Now Caceres gets a good, dangerously ball in from the right. Costa Rica clear, but they look under pressure now.
Ohhh Campbell lets a bullet go from 25-yards. Muselera is at full stretch to his left but is flies just wide. That was very close.
Free-kick for Costa Rica about 45 yards out. It's floated into the left and the ball falls to Gonzales. Muslera gets down and pushes it around the goal post. The corner is cleared but only momentarily. Costa Rica have another corner. Nothing comes of it though.
Reuters' Brian Winter has a point. This is the first match the could be accurately described as dull.
A long, hopeful ball is aimed towards Rodriguez. He chases it and commits a foul the process. Most of the action is happening just inside Uruguay's half and they don't seem to mind.
Costa Rica's fourth corner. Nobody gets a touch -- Gonzalez leaps toward the ball at the far post but misses it by inches. Uruguay are looking leaky defensively. And then a great save! Forlan's shot is deflected and takes a huge loop up. It's going in but is touched over. Corner from Forlan doesn't clear the first defender. Halftime is two minutes away.
Campbell gets a header on a dangerous cross, but he can't contort his body to get in down and it flies over. Halftime!
The teams are back on and Costa Rica gets the second half underway. Maybe we'll see Suarez? This game could use some spicing up.
Costa Rica's Ruiz drops in a nice free kick and at the far post, Muslera has to make a save. Fairly routine in the end, but that's the best chance for Costa Rica so far.
GOAL COSTA RICA. Campbell leaves Muslera stranded with a hard half-volley from a deep right cross. Game on!
Uruguay seem rattled. First yellow card of the game goes to Walter Gargano for a tackle on Ruiz. Now Costa Rica have a dangerous free kick.
COSTA RICA SCORE!!!
Wow. Ruiz floats looping ball from a fairly central right spot to the far post. And Duarte gets down low to drive a solid header past Muslera. The Costa Rican's erupt!
No Uruguay make two changes. Forlan is off, Lodeiro is on. Gargano is off and Gonzales is on.
And Suarez is indeed warming up on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Uruguay are all over the place. They concede another dangerous free kick, defend it, but then are under pressure right away. Only a slide interception keeps out a dangerous through ball.
Campbell, with tons of room to run and a 3 on 4, lets a shot fly from distance. Muslera isn't getting anywhere near it. Replay show it was just a few inches above the upper left corner.
Long ball finds Cavani and he controls is excellently, but he's offside.
Dangerous move by Uruguay. Cavani gets to the byline, lofts it to someone at the edge of the six-yard box, but no one is there. From the short corner, he forces a good save. Uruguay are sort of waking up!
Another Uruguay corner, which is really deep and not very good. Costa Rica clear and break.