Suarez double leaves England's World Cup dream in tatters
Friday, 20th June 2014 at 02:26am
Luis Suarez returned from injury to score twice to all but end England's hopes of reaching the last 16 of Brazil 2014.
The Uruguayan scored either side of halftime to reignite his country's World Cup hopes after their opening loss to Costa Rica.
Wayne Rooney scored in between Suarez's brace as he ended a 10-game World Cup scoring drought.
Before kick off in a game dubbed "the battle of the desperate" by the Brazilian media, Roy Hodgson claimed Suarez wasn't world class yet.
Those words came back to haunt the England manager as despite not being fully fit, the Uruguayan was too good for England.
Rooney had also dominated the column inches in the buildup due to his performance against Italy and he missed two chances before Suarez struck.
The Manchester united striker sent a free kick narrowly wide before heading against the crossbar from a yard out.
Suarez showed him how it was done with his first chance of the match. Edinson Cavani was given too much space by the England defence and his pinpoint cross found his strike partner who headed clinically past Joe Hart.
After the break Cavani missed a good chance to increase Uruguay's lead before Rooney brought about a good save from Fernando Muslera.
That should have served as a warning as England would eventually drag themselves level. Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson combined well down the England right and the latter's ball found Rooney who made no mistake to score his first World Cup goal.
At this stage England looked the more likely side to go on to win the match but Suarez had other ideas.
A route one clearance from Muslera was inadvertently flicked into his path by his club team-mate Steven Gerrard and Suarez gratefully received the gift as he fired past Hart to seal an emotional victory.
The defeat leaves England's World Cup dreams in tatters. They now need Italy to win their two remaining fixtures and beat Costa Rica convincingly in their final game.
In Group C, Colombia guaranteed their place in the last 16 after they beat the Ivory Coast 2-1 and Japan and Greece fought out a 0-0 draw.
Goals from James Rodriguez and Juan Quintaro put the South Americans 2-0 before Gervinho grabbed a consolation goal for the Africans.
Their hopes of qualifying for the second round is still in their own hands, however, after Japan couldn't beat 10-man Greece.
Kostas Katsouranis was sent off after picking up two yellow cards but the Blue Samurai couldn't make their man advantage count, with Yoshito Okubo missing their best chance.