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Suárez scores twice in return, leads Uruguay to 2-1 win over England

Jun 19, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Getty Images

Two shots are all you need, provided they fall to Luis Suárez. Scoring twice in his 2014 World Cup debut, Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer has put England on the brink of elimination, with his 84th minute game-winner giving the South American champions a 2-1 win over the Three Lions in São Paulo.

Suárez opened the scoring in the 39th minute with his team’s first shot on target, heading inside Joe Hart‘s right post to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead. After Wayne Rooney‘s first World Cup goal in the 75th minute appeared to preserve a draw for England, Suárez blasted a 84th minute shot from the right of the penalty area into the center of goal, converting La Celeste’s second shot on target into the game-winning goal.

Though England managed six shots on Fernando Muslera, the loss leaves the team on the verge of its first group stage exit since 1958, potentially eliminated before they take the field next Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. If Costa Rica draws Italy tomorrow, the Three Lions are out.

Uruguay, on the other hand, have new reason for optimism. Playing his first match since the end of the Premier League season, Suárez almost single-handedly sank a team that started five of his Liverpool teammates. In the process, Suárez gave Uruguay reason to believe ahead of their group stage’s toughest match: Tuesday’s meeting with Italy in Natal.

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Even play that saw England hold 60 percent of the ball through halftime failed to produce a shot on target until the 39th minute. Then, perfectly executing a plan that asked Nicolas Lodeiro to connected Uruguay’s midfield with its two attacking stars, La Celeste struck first, getting both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez involved in the day’s first goal.

On a quick movement out of its own half, Uruguay found Lodeiro in front of the defense, with the ensuing attention leaving Cavani open on the left flank. A ball played wide opened up the English defense, allowing the Paris Saint-Germain striker to find Suárez with a right-footed chip to the middle of the area. Having pulled off the back of defender Phil Jagielka, Suárez headed inside Joe Hart’s right post, giving the two-time champions a 1-0 lead.

England nearly responded through Daniel Sturridge two minutes later, but after being sent to halftime with their one-goal deficit, the Three Lions allowed Uruguay to assume control of the game early in the second period. A 49th minute cross from Suárez nearly caught Hart out of position, though the Manchester City keeper fell back to his line to keep the ball out. Three minutes later, Lodeiro put Cavani in on goal in the left of the penalty area, though the ensuing shot was sent well wide of the right post. Minutes after the teams returned to the field, England was in danger of conceding a second goal.

source: AP

England’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the match between Uruguay and England in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In the 54th minute, however, the Three Lions nearly even the scales, but with his second big miss of the match, Rooney’s World Cup goal-scoring drought continued. After heading an open chance onto the bar in the 31st minute, Rooney was given a chance to equalize from nine yards. One-timing a left-footed shot, Rooney found Muslera in the middle of goal, allowing the Uruguayan keeper to preserve his team’s 1-0 lead.

Just over 20 minutes later, however, Rooney’s slump was over. Attacking the far post as play built down England’s right, the maligned attacker tapped in a Glen Johnson pass sent through the six-yard box, scoring his first World Cup goal from close range to bring the Three Lions back into the tournament.

By match’s end, however, the headlines belonged to Suárez. Off a long ball out of Uruguay’s end, a headed ball allowed Suárez to get behind the England defense and into the right of Hart’s penalty box. As the England keeper went low to try to block the shot, the Uruguayan sniper went high, putting his 41st international score into the middle of the Three Lions’ goal.

It’s a score that will likely send England out at the group stage for the first time since 1958 (England failed to qualify in 1994). Roy Hodgson and his team need Costa Rica to lose twice, Italy to beat Uruguay, and the tiebreakers to fall their way in order to make the knockout round. Any draws over the group’s final three games send the Three Lions home.

Though Uruguay has yet to face the Italians, their scenarios are more positive, particularly if Suárez continues scoring goals. With a win on Tuesday, La Celeste will likely go through. Even without that result, there are other scenarios that could see the two-time champions into the second round.


Uruguay: Muslera; Pereira, Godín, Jimenez, Cáceres; Rodríguez, Gonzalez (78′), Ríos, Lodeiro (Stuani 67′); Suárez (Coates 88′), Cavani.

Goals: Suárez 39′, 84′

England: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson (Lambert 87′); Welbeck (Lallana 71′), Sterling (Barkley 64′), Rooney; Sturridge.

Goals: Rooney 75′

  1. nottinghamforest12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    England are a farce.

  2. dhalb34 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Can we say that the Roy Hodgson experience isn’t working? Those were the worst set pieces I’ve seen all tournament, and the defense was worse.

  3. scoochpooch - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Great game for Suarez but it’s hard for me to give him too much credit since he was WIDE open on both goals. Just like in the EPL, players refuse to guard him. These defensive tactics are sure to drive any basketball players out here bonkers.
    I wonder how many handballs he’ll have in the next round?

  4. rupp246 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I’m no soccer expert but after England tied the game, I would have put someone on Suarez and told him to stay within 5 ft of him for the rest of the game.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    That goal kick caught England off guard. Once Suarez got in on goal there was no stopping him. His shot went right through the English goalie! Rooney played well, but Suarez wins the game for Uruguay with his two goals.

    • schmittydidit - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      I cannot believe no one noticed that Suarez is offside on the second goal. When Cavani headed the ball on (as the report says), Suarez is a good body length ahead of the defense. And unless they changed the offside rule in the middle of the tourney, a defender touching the ball does not render the forward onside (looking at you Macca).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        Cavani didn’t head the ball, Stevie G. did. No offsides because the last touch from a Uruguayan player was from the goalkeeper, and Suarez was not in an offsides position when the keeper punted. You are obviously a soccer ignoramus, go away.

  6. footballer4ever - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    England played brilliantly pathetic. Rooney should have celebrate that goal celebration energy to score a 2nd goal, but no, more important to get that monkey off his back than to get that underachievers Orangutan off the English National Football Team. so much individual talent yet so lame as a team. It’s time to change the English dinosaur football tactics for the national team for sure.

    • egb234 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      You’re still on Rooney? He was the only person in white who made a difference in that game. Plus, his celebration was pretty minimal.

      Maybe if English fans stopped chasing the canard that is Rooney’s form and focused on legitimate failures by defenders and poor substitution decisions by the manager their constant whining would produce results. Until then, the FA will can continue to make a mess of the national team and pin it on their best player since they’ve got such a gullible clientele.

  7. rickapolis - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Suarez dictates the pace of the game. That’s why (despite the fact that he annoys me), he has to be included as one of the greatest players in the game today. Not in the top three or four maybe, but certainly in the top 10.
    England just cannot compete at the world level. They remind me of the New York Knicks. Their press makes out like ‘this is the year” every year (or tournament) and they always disappoint.

  8. atahualpaoxford - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Say what you want…as far as I’m concerned, in the game where Suarez was injured, with 7 minutes left on the season, with nothing at stake…I still believe that the guy who injured him ( having just come in as a sub), was intentional…

    England knew how dangerous he was and knowing also that Uruguay and England were in the same group, it’s not that difficult to put 2 and 2 together..
    Well…darn…Suarez sent England back home…

    One hell of a player, if you ask me…he was on the bench for the game against Costa Rica…and did not see any action…
    But I know ( read uruguayan soccer news every day) that this was the game he wanted to play…
    First game after his knee operation…
    And now England is out of the World Cup….
    Adios, adios, adios…
    See you in four years time…if you qualify….

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