|Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his second goal against England, in Sao Paulo, on Thursday. Uruguay won 2-1. (Reuters)
Sao Paulo: It had to be a Liverpool player who saw to it that England were on the wrong side of the firing line, when they took on Uruguay in a do-or-die Group D match of the World Cup here on Thursday.
Luis Suarez, coming out of an injury cloud, returned to the starting line-up and struck twice to script a 2-1 victory over England. The win kept his team’s World Cup hopes alive and left England’s hanging by a thread.
For England, it was Wayne Rooney, who scored the consolation goal in the 75th minute. But Suarez, with strikes in the 39th and 85th minutes, saw to it that Uruguay could end the match on a high.
In the first half, Edinson Cavani chipped the ball delicately from the left and it found the onrushing Suarez in the perfect spot. The forward made no mistake heading it past Joe Hart in the 39th minute. The England custodian had no answer to the superb effort.
The second half saw England equalise, when Rooney scored his first Cup goal. Glen Johnson set him up perfectly and Rooney tapped it in past the goalkeeper.
But Suarez took advantage of a static England defence as he ran ahead and smashed the ball past Hart to score the winner.
Uruguay now have three points, along with Italy and Costa Rica. England are yet to open their account in Group D. Italy meet Costa Rica on Friday.
Interestingly, Uruguay have won all World Cup matches in which Luis Suarez has scored: 1-0 versus Mexico (1 goal) and 2-1 versus South Korea Republic (2 goals), both in 2010; 2-1 versus England ( 2 goals) in 2014.