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World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez 2, England 1

Luis Suarez struck twice - including a dramatic late winner - to earn Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England in a pulsating World Cup Group D match on Thursday morning.

Restored to the line-up after injury, Suarez escaped the English defence to nod home Edinson Cavani’s cross in the 39th minute.

Needless to say, the Liverpool hitman was happy with his first goal in this World Cup tournament.

At the start of the second half, Uruguay had England on the ropes and Cavani should have done better when put clean through on Hart by Suarez, but the rampaging forward screwed his shot wide.  

England gradually regained the initiative with Rooney, who was widely criticised for his performance against Italy. 

Fullback Glen Johnson worked his way into the box after delightful work by Sturridge, and his square ball was rammed home by Rooney at the far post.

England were in the ascendancy until two Liverpool players combined to give Uruguay the lead.

From England's point of view it was unfortunate that one of them was Steven Gerard and the other was Luis Suarez.

Gerrard failed to deal with Uruguay's goalkeeper punt  and Suarez was away, outpacing Gary Cahill and slamming the ball past Hart.  

Uruguay held firm, picking up three points that could go a long way to putting them in the knockout stages.

England will have to hope that Italy will beat Costa Rica on Saturday (June 21) and that they themselves beat Costa Rica when they meet them on June 25 in their final group match.

Source: Reuters

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