Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2014 02:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Ruiz and Campbell given nod up front for Costa Rica

Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell were named up front for Costa Rica in their World Cup Group D opener against Uruguay in Fortaleza on Saturday, meaning Marco Urena has to be satisfied with a place on the bench.

Ruiz and Campbell given nod up front for Costa Rica

Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz smiles during a press conference after a training session at the Vila Belmiro Stadium FC in Santos on June 11, 2014 - by Ronaldo Schemidt

Urena had joined coach Jorge Pinto at Friday's pre-match press conference at the Castelao de Fortaleza stadium, giving the impression he would be starting the match.

But instead, Pinto has pushed Ruiz further forward from an expected attacking midfield role with Christian Bolanos taking his place in midfield.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez had already announced his starting line-up on Friday with veteran Diego Forlan partnering Edinson Cavani in attack while Luis Suarez is missing through injury.

Costa Rica

Keylor Navas; Christian Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Oscar Duarte, Junior Diaz; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolanos; Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto (COL)


Fernando Muslera; Maxi Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Martín Caceres; Christian Stuani, Walter Gargano, Egidio Arevalo Ríos, Cristian Rodriguez; Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani

Coach: Oscar Tabarez (URU)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

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