Suarez rides high in return
He missed Uruguay's first match as he fought to gain fitness, but in just one game Luis Suarez loudly threw his name into the pool of contenders for the World Cup's top scorer
Luis Suarez's return from injury sparked Uruguay to a massive 2-1 victory over England in Group D action on Thursday evening at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo.
Suarez tallied a brace with a goal in each half, including the winner in the 84th minute after Wayne Rooney's goal had previously drawn England level. The win puts Uruguay back in the hunt for a spot in the knockout round while England, with two defeats, can be eliminated should Costa Rica and Italy play to a draw on Friday.
England boss Roy Hodgson made no changes from his XI that fell to Italy last Saturday as Joe Hart started in goal with a back four of Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines. The Liverpool pair of Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson slotted in as holding midfielders while the speedy Raheem Sterling, Rooney and Danny Welbeck rounded out the attacking midfield in support of lone striker Daniel Sturridge.
Uruguay head coach Óscar Tabarez welcomed star striker Suarez back into the fold as the Liverpool man replaced Diego Forlan. With Suárez up top was Edinson Cavani while Álvaro González, Arévalo Ríos, Nicolás Lodeiro and Cristian Rodríguez manned the middle. In the back goalkeeping stalwart Fernando Muslera started in between the sticks with a back four of Martín Cáceres, José María Giménez, Diego Godín and Álvaro Pereira.
England enjoyed the first chance of the match in the 10th minute when they earned a free kick right outside the Uruguayan area after Godín handled a Sturridge pass. Rooney, seeking his first ever World Cup goal, rocketed a right-footed shot over the wall but it sailed wide by inches to Muslera's right. Six minutes later it was Rodriguez coming close for La Celeste but his shot from the left just missed the target high.
Rooney again came close in the 31st minute only to see his header from a yard out off a Gerrard free kick strike the crossbar and bounce out of harm's way. England would be left to rue that miss as eight minutes later Uruguay opened the scoring through Suárez. The South Americans broke on the counter with Lodeiro finding Cavani on the right and the PSG man served up a perfect cross for Suárez who then headed back across goal to beat Hart and give Uruguay the 1-0 lead.
Uruguay came out storming to start the second half and had ample opportunity to make England's comeback task even taller, but they failed to score on various occasions, including a Cavani chance that he swept just wide in the 52nd minute. Rooney then must have begun wondering if he would ever score a goal in the tournament as his 54th minute shot from inside the area was fired right at Muslera.
Holding a 1-0 lead, Uruguay were content to sit back and allow England to play as the match headed into the final half hour. Hodgson's men attempted to go forward but were constantly turned away by the Uruguayan defense which looked to have put their shambolic opening performance versus Costa Rica behind them.
But right when it looked as if England would be on the precipice of a premature World Cup exit, the 1966 champions drew level in the 75th minute thanks to Rooney. Sturridge fed Johnson with a ball down the right and the Liverpool defender crossed to an onrushing Rooney who slipped past the Uruguayan defense to smash home his first ever World Cup goal.
With Uruguay wobbling, England went in for the winner and Sturridge nearly had it when he gathered in a ball from Baines and shot, but Muslera was able to parry the ball away. However, heartbreak was in order for England as their defending let them down on 84 minutes when a long punt from Muslera was flicked on by Cavani to Suárez, who was remarkably all alone, and the Premier League Player of the Year rocketed in a shot past Hart to give Uruguay the 2-1 lead.
A late equalizer was not in the making for England as the final whistle sounded, giving Uruguay a new lease on life in Group D while England's chances of advancing to the knockout round are now incredibly slim.
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