Suarez sends England packing

June 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, England, England News, News, Uruguay, Uruguay News
It was game neither could afford to lose for both England and Uruguay, when they faced each other at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Both teams were coming off a loss in their respective opening World Cup games, and needed to avoid defeat to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase. Uruguay seemed to understand that and came out 2-1 winners on the night.

England started the game the better of the two, and their newly adopted 4-3-3 formation appeared to be working for them as they created chances from space out wide. They were awarded a free kick on 9 minutes after Uruguay captain Diego Godin handled the ball – for which he received the game’s first yellow card. Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the kick and narrowly missed with the goalkeeper’s feet planted firmly to the ground.

Uruguay began to work their way in to the game and created a few of their own opportunities. They welcomed back talisman Luis Suarez for the game – after he missed the opener through injury – and he found the opener in the 39th minute, sending the Uruguay fans into delirium.

That sparked the game in to life and the 2nd half started with end-to-end action from both sides. Uruguay did well to close down England for most of the game but they finally made a mistake that Wayne Rooney pounced on to draw England level with 15 minutes to play.

But the day belonged to Suarez as he scored the all-important winner in the 85th minute to secure the result with a sublime finish.

It’s another World Cup failure for England who are all but assured of elimination. Uruguay still need a result from their final game to secure their qualification.

By Farren Collins


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