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Posted: 19 June 2014 Time: 23:16

England’s worst fears were realised in Sao Paulo on Thursday as Luis Suarez scored a brace to down them 2-1 and all but send them packing from Brazil.

With both teams having lost their opening encounters, this Group D match was a must-win, but ultimately Suarez’s killer instinct in front of goals proved the difference.


The Liverpool striker underwent knee surgery just a month ago and missed the humiliating defeat to Costa Rica earlier in the week, but still Oscar Tabarez opted to include him in the starting line-up.

And it almost paid off straight away as Suarez’s cheeky fourth-minute corner forced Joe Hart into a diving save.

Still, England were hardly outdone – in fact, they dominated possession and came closest to opening the scoring when Wayne Rooney’s free-kick skimmed the crossbar with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera well beaten.

However, in a sign of things to come, defensive lapses almost cost England when Phil Jagielka allowed a cross to slip under his feet and run to Christian Rodrigues, but the Uruguayan blasted narrowly over.

In a seesaw battle, England again gained the initiative and on 31 minutes came closest when Steven Gerrard’s free-kick found Rooney at the back-post, but the Manchester United man hit the crossbar from one yard out.

It proved a costly miss as Suarez opened the scoring on 38 minutes – his run losing Jagielka, allowing the striker to cushion Edison Cavani’s cross into the corner.

If England were planning an early second half assault, they were in for a rude awakening as Uruguay came out looking to kill off the game.

And that’s what Cavani should have done when played in on goal in the 52nd minute but, with just the keeper to beat, the PSG striker put it well wide.

England finally grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and threw everything at Muslera’s goal.

First the keeper saved point-blank from Rooney, before bravely gathering at Sturridge’s feet.

And the pressure finally paid off on 76 minutes when Rooney got his first ever World Cup goal. Beautiful build-up play involving Gerrard, Sturridge and Glen Johnson saw the latter square to Rooney, who made no mistake from close range.

Sturridge almost added a second soon after, but then the moment of the match – a long clearance by the goalie flicked off Gerrard’s head, allowing Suarez to run in on goal and smash the ball past Hart.

England pushed hard to get back in in, but Uruguay hung on to get back into the group. They face Italy in the final game, while England are up against Costa Rica.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-06-19 21:22:03

The overrated cows are almost going for a preseason in asia?

posted: 2014-06-19 21:24:29

Luis Suárez.......is world class 

posted: 2014-06-19 21:26:46

God save the king Suarez

posted: 2014-06-19 21:28:02

Inkunkuma iyaphuma and football teams will beleft to entertain us with great football

posted: 2014-06-19 21:37:53

So a half-fit Saurez single-handedly destroyed a country of fit bulls..

England has not been playing since 1966..

South Africa has not been playing since 1996..

Bafana Bafana, England.. Ngu 6 no 9..

#Model C blogger

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-06-19 22:04:28

What do you know! I've said it and am not in the slidest surprised that the loud mouthed English are as good as out. No team should talk about 'we can win the world cup', we will give it our all sounds much more realistic. Imagine a so-called top quality striker scoring his first ever goal at the showpiece, imagine that! So how good can Rooney really be after all the games he played in world cups but only tonight scored his first ever goal at the tournament? Overrated overrated overrated! England and bafana are the same, their players just talk a lot more crap. I'm still awaiting Rooney's top performances he so repeatedly promised. Kak coach, rubbish team, pathetic javelin! Once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-06-19 22:43:34

No words can describe the immense joy I feel right now, arrogant good for nothing country.

posted: 2014-06-19 23:19:46

Come the post World cup Fifa rankings u will c England in the top 10 in the world yet they play kak football

posted: 2014-06-19 23:25:46

Suarez just showed the world how good he is. When he wasn't there they lost. They bring him in he wins the game alone

posted: 2014-06-20 02:24:28

I said it before that england win the world cup ONLy through BIASED media, just like a certain team here in mzansi which win games on paper and biased journalism! VIVA KING SUAREZ

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2014-06-20 03:58:42

Your hatred about England won't help you at all. How can you compare Baf and the country where everybody is dreaming about playing in it. Looking sometimes failed several times to play in African Cup not mentioning the World Cup.I still believe Amangisi can still proceed to knock out stages so do Cote de Vore. So please work up in your wet dreams.

posted: 2014-06-20 04:57:05

England out peace of mind now

posted: 2014-06-20 05:08:04

Another sad day in Brazil, Suarez Suarez Suarez.

posted: 2014-06-20 05:12:16

In england not for england remember some of the teams that are playing in the epl are not owned by the english people.

posted: 2014-06-20 05:15:58

Ofish abancane badla ofish abakhulu kubiiii

posted: 2014-06-20 05:27:59

hey guys help me here, do Fifa use head 2 head rule or they use a goal difference? if they use goal difference England is not out yet, mathematical they still can qualify. if Italy beat Costa Rica and Uruguay, then England beat Costa Rica by 3 or more goals they are through.

posted: 2014-06-20 05:30:47

they have themselves to blame, how can they select Danny Wellbeck ahead of proven goal scorer Jerman Defoe.

posted: 2014-06-20 05:53:37

Some national teams are a shame just like Bafana Bafana, England were hopeless last night.

Anti Zebra
posted: 2014-06-20 05:56:40

This was a tough group. A great team had to fall. Sometimes you don't fail because you didn't do well in football. Luck also has its role and I can only say that England were simply unlucky to have lost this match. That Suarez goal was pure luck and isn't it ironic that the man who has been assisting Suarez in terms of goals has done it again last night. Gerrard is amongst the greats yet never won a league with his team and has never done anything to inspire his national team to glory.

Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney should now say goodbye to England and younger players should be given a chance to fail their country as did these three. They have failed their country enough. I am reminded of our national team....Too many players that have been given countless second chances. They must be axed from our national team and we should look at the younger generation.

posted: 2014-06-20 06:14:11

How I wish the PSL referees have learnt that a player is not in an offside position if the ball touches the opposition before reaching the player even if he was offside.

God save the king - Suarez

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