Posted February 25, 2014

Watch: Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell puts Manchester United in Champions League hole

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Joel Campbell

Olympiakos’ Joel Campbell celebrates his marvelous strike against Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Manchester United was getting by with a one-goal Champions League deficit away at Olympiakos, a result that would not have quieted the masses calling for David Moyes’ head, but one that surely would have been manageable for the second leg at Old Trafford. That is, until Joel Campbell had his say.

On loan at Olympiakos from Arsenal, Campbell put United on perilous Champions League footing with a well-taken 55th-minute goal that extended the lead to 2-0 — the eventual final score of their round of 16 first leg. Campbell, the Costa Rican international forward who notoriously crippled to the ground under no contact from U.S. defender Matt Besler during World Cup qualifying (Besler subsequently earned a yellow card and was suspended for the USA’s second Mexico game of the Hexagonal), curled a great strike from about 25 yards around statuesque defender Rio Ferdinand and past a helpless David de Gea, ramping up the pressure even more on a United team in the midst of a lost season by its lofty standards.

English fans might want to remember that strike — Campbell’s Costa Rica is in England’s loaded group along with Italy and Uruguay during this summer’s World Cup.

Watch Campbell’s golazo below:

(Via Fox Soccer)

3 comments
Hiker
Hiker

Campbell is the absolute worst. He's a disgrace to the game. Please, never again give him this amount of publicity.

RickPotts
RickPotts

@Hiker Agreed. He should have been banned for life for that pitiful dive/act against Besler and the US.

Hiker
Hiker

@RickPotts Banned for life would have satisfied my rage. But ANY punishment at all would have been nice. The fact that he can do that and get away with zero consequences is insane.