• Uruguay won the only previous World Cup held in Brazil, defeating the hosts in the final in 1950.
  • Luis Suarez was the top scorer in the South American World Cup qualifiers (11 goals). He had the most shots on target in the last World Cup (15).
  • Diego Forlan has scored three of Uruguay's last five goals at the World Cup.
  • Costa Rica have lost their last four games at the World Cup, conceding 14 goals (3.5/game).
  • Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay since February 2006, the longest period among the 32 head-coaches involved in this year's World Cup.
  • Uruguay have won six and lost none of their eight previous meetings with Costa Rica, most recently defeating them 2-1 on aggregate in a 2010 World Cup play-off.
  • Costa Rica have won their opening game in two of their previous three World Cup tournaments (1-0 v Scotland in 1990 and 2-0 v China in 2002).
  • Los Ticos have lost all three previous World Cup meetings with South American sides, conceding nine goals in the process.