Uruguay's Suarez shoots down England

01:29, Jun 20 2014
Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Uruguay during their Group D match.
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell scores a goal during his sides Group D soccer match against Uruguay.
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A fan of Costa Rica celebrates their win over Uruguay.
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell is fouled by Uruguay's Maximiliano Pereira, who was issued a red card for the foul.
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Costa Rica's Marco Urena shoots to score past Uruguay's Fernando Muslera during their Group D match.
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A general view of the arena during theGroup D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao.
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Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team's second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the Group D match.
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Daniel Sturridge of England shoots and scores his team's first goal past Salvatore Sirigu of Italy.
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England's Wayne Rooney and Italy's Giorgio Chiellini fight for the ball.
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England trainer Gary Lewin is stretchered off the field after a leg injury during the Group D match between England and Italy.
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Italy's Claudio Marchisio scores past England's goalkeeper Joe Hart during their Group D soccer match.
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal past England's Joe Hart.
Danny Welbeck
England's Danny Welbeck fights for the ball with Uruguay's Egidio Arevalo Rios and Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney heads the ball into the crossbar.
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez of Uruguay shoots and scores his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
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England's Wayne Rooney scores his team's first goal past Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
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Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
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An England fan looks dejected after the team's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.
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Uruguay fans celebrate with a poster of Luis Suarez after the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz celebrates his first-half goal that decided Costa Rica's 1-0 victory over Italy.
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Bryan Ruiz celebrates with a Costa Rican substitute after his goal against Italy.
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Italy's Mario Balotelli takes a shot at goal under Costa Rican pressure.
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Italy's Claudio Marchisio checks on a prone Junior Diaz of Costa Rica.
Keylor Navas
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas punts the ball upfield.
Ignazio Abate and Christian Bolanos
Italy's Ignazio Abate and Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos battle to control the ball.
Giancarlo Gonzalez
Giancarlo Gonzalez and Costa Rican team-mates celebrate their progression through to the second stage.
Yeltsin Tejeda and Patrick Pemberton
Yeltsin Tejeda (left) and Patrick Pemberton revel in Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy.
Daniel Sturridge and Keylor Navas
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas blocks the shot of England's Daniel Sturridge.
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Captain Diego Godin (left) celebrates his match-winning header in Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy.
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Uruguay players celebrate, while Italy players react, after their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
Giorgio Chiellini
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder after claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez.
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Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with team mate Christian Stuani (rear) after scoring a goal against Italy at the Dunas arena in Natal.
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Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Chiellini accused Suarez of biting him.
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Giorgio Chiellini of Italy challenges Maximilliano Pereira of Uruguay during their Group D match.
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez fights for the ball with Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa of Costa Rica challenges Luke Shaw of England during their World Cup Group D match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes a save on Daniel Sturridge of England at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica holds off a challenge by England's Frank Lampard during their Group D 0-0 draw in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard of England looks on after a 0-0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney (left) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their Group D football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Uruguay's lethal striker Luis Suarez scored twice including a dramatic late winner to earn a 2-1 victory over England in a pulsating World Cup Group D match this morning.

Suarez took advantage of slack defending to fire the ball past England keeper Joe Hart five minutes from time having been restored to the lineup after recovering from knee surgery.

He had given Uruguay the lead by nodding in Edinson Cavani's cross after 39 minutes before Wayne Rooney equalised in the second half with his first ever World Cup goal.

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CLASS ACT: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his second goal against England.

The result meant Uruguay joined Italy and Costa Rica on three points and left England at the bottom of the group after two straight losses. Italy play Costa Rica on Friday.

It was Uruguay's first win over European opposition at a World Cup since they beat the Soviet Union in the 1970 quarter-finals.

''I dreamed about this,'' said a sobbing Suarez. ''I am enjoying this moment for all the criticisms that I had to take.''

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Suarez scored 31 goals in 33 games for Liverpool in the Premier League last season, and was named Player of the Year, but remains a highly controversial figure in England.

He received a 10-match ban at the end of the 2012/13 season for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and was banned for  eight games and fined £40,000 ($68,000) for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in December 2011.

Love him or hate him, there can be no denying Suarez is one of the most lethal finishers in football.

UNBELIEVABLY SLIM

While England huffed and puffed around the box, clinical Suarez put away his only two clear chances.

''I thought defensively we held up well against him for long periods,'' said devastated England manager Roy Hodgson.

''But two chances came his way and he took them well.

"The second goal was a defensive mistake on our part. We came here with great hopes but were unable to deliver. It's a major, major sadness for me,'' said Hodgson, who described England's chances of advancing as ''unbelievably slim''.

Rooney went close after half an hour when he met Steven Gerrard's inswinging cross but his close-range header smacked back off the woodwork while he landed in the net.

With England fans jeering Suarez's every touch, the stage was set for the striker to turn the game on its head.

A lucky break in midfield sent the ball out wide to Edinson Cavani and Suarez escaped the attentions of Phil Jagielka to nod back across Hart for a 1-0 lead.

Suarez, who had been well policed by England's centre backs until that point, wheeled away with a huge smile on his face, kissing his wrists and gesturing frantically in delight.

After the break, Uruguay had England on the ropes and Cavani should have done better when put clean through by Suarez, but the rampaging forward screwed his shot wide.

England gradually regained the initiative with Rooney, widely criticised for his performance against Italy, at the heart of all their best work.

The No 10, who had never scored in the World Cup, picked up the scraps from a Leighton Baines delivery and brought a terrific save out of Muslera in the 55th minute.

NEW LIFE

Just when it looked like they would never find the net, Rooney breathed new life into England.

Fullback Glen Johnson worked his way into the box after delightful work by Daniel Sturridge, and his square ball was rammed home by Rooney at the far post, sending the massed ranks of England fans behind the goal into a frenzy.

England were in the ascendancy but when Gerrard failed to deal with Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera's punt Suarez was away, outpacing Gary Cahill and slamming the ball past Hart.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez outlined the importance of Suarez, who was Player of the Year in England, to his side.

''His team mates really love him, we all love him, he is a wonderful person and a very important player for our team,'' Tabarez told a news conference.

''This chance, this destiny, after I don't know how long, we've been able to win against a European team and both goals were scored by a player who was unable to play a couple of weeks ago. So of course we love him and I think he loves us.''

England battled bravely for an equaliser but South American champions Uruguay held firm, picking up three points that could go a long way to putting them in the knockout stages.  

 

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Reuters