Luis Suárez strikes back and helps Uruguay win the critical match against England. After the disastrous debut by the South American country, it was imperative that they win, in order to keep their hopes of advancing to the round of 16.
Suárez’s star is rising like a rocket and many critics have put him in the same league as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In that spirit, the striker was recently named Premier League player of the year in England, where he plays with Liverpool F.C.
Things started slowly in the much anticipated match, as both England and Uruguay tested each others’ waters. This was the first encounter between these two rivals in World Cup history.
Group D also includes former World Cup winners Italy, who together with England and Uruguay have captured seven titles. Surprisingly, Costa Rica stunned Uruguay 3-1 in the opener — in a result no one saw coming — to become the current leader of the group and possibly cause one of the best squads in the world to go home.
Suárez has been afflicted by an injury, which forced him to sit out Uruguay’s opener against Costa Rica. After scoring his second goal, the 27-year-old went over to his trainer to give him a well deserved hug for helping him get fit for England.
Luis Suárez dedicated his goal to Uruguay’s physiotherapist Walter Ferreira who helped him get fit for the World Cup pic.twitter.com/f7Y9CjW231
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Following Uruguay’s victory against England, without two very important players: captain Diego Godin and striker Diego Forlan, an emotional Luis Suárez said.
“Thanks for that mate. I owe you one.” – Luis Suárez pic.twitter.com/NhuHEb0c93
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 19, 2014
Suárez returned to the field after having surgery to his leg and didn’t look as rusty as everyone expected him to. He was a major doubt for Los Charrúas before the match, but Óscar Tabárez took his chances and they paid off for the South American country, who is still alive in the tough Group D.
A class act, Luis Suárez was seen consoling English captain and Liverpool F.C. teammate, Alex Gerrard, after the victory, which makes thing even more interesting than they were to begin with. Group D is one of the hardest teams to predict due to the evenness of the teams.
Luis Suárez scored in the 39th and when it looked as if that would be the end result, Wayne Rooney put the ball in the back of the net at the 75th minute — his first World Cup goal ever. But the English hopes died a few minutes later, when Suárez put Uruguay up 2-1 in spectacular fashion.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 19, 2014
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2014
Thanks to Luis Suárez, Uruguay is now tied with Costa Rica and Italy, with three points. The second leg of this stage will go on Friday, when Italy plays Costa Rica to determine who moves on. England is going home, with zero points.
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