England 1 Uruguay 2 – Suarez knocks Three Lions out of World Cup
Luis Suarez scores twice against his Liverpool team-mates, effectively ending England’s hopes of qualifying for the last sixteen
June 19th, 2014
England’s defending once again let them down on Thursday night, with Luis Suarez opening and ending the scoring at the Arena de São Paulo.
Ultimately, there wasn’t a great deal between the two teams as was the case when England faced Italy on Saturday night, although Suarez produced two world-class finishes to ensure that Uruguay are back in contention for a place in the last sixteen.
Roy Hodgson named the same starting XI that lined up against the Azzurri, with Wayne Rooney playing in the middle of the attacking trident and the Manchester United man had two excellent chances to score in the first half.
He hit the crossbar with a header from a corner and also narrowly missed a free-kick, with Rooney one of the stand-out players in an England shirt.
However, the Uruguayans went in at half-time a goal in front thanks to an exquisite cross for Edinson Cavani who lofted the ball over the England defence, with Suarez pulling away from Jagielka to nod into the net.
Suarez had missed the entirety of the Costa Rica defeat due to recovering from a knee injury, although the Liverpool man played a critical role in his team’s success.
As it looked as though Uruguay would run out 1-0 winners, a bright England move saw them draw level, with Glen Johnson racing into the penalty area and feeding the ball across the box which allowed Rooney to poke home.
Sturridge nearly sent the Three Lions into the lead, although it was Uruguay who came on strong in the last few minutes and the goal came from a route one goal kick that was nodded inadvertently on by Gerrard before Suarez raced through to despatch the winner.