Sao Paulo, Brazil (4E Sports) – Striker Luis Suarez marked his return from injury by scoring two goals as Uruguay boosted its World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over England in Group D Thursday at Arena Corinthians.
The win boosted Uruguay’s chances of advancing to the next round as it gave them three points ahead of its Tuesday’s clash against Italy.
The loss put England, beaten in both Group D matches, on the brink of elimination. A draw between Italy and Costa Rica Friday will hand England an early vacation.
The Liverpool man was recovering from knee surgery when Uruguay opened the tournament with a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica but he started Thursday’s clash against England and put the South American side in front in the 39th minute.
Wayne Rooney brought England level in the 75th minute with his first-ever World Cup goal but Suarez struck five minutes from time to doom the Three Lions to their second loss of the competition.
England got an early scoring chance in the 10th minute when the Three Lions were awarded a free kick at the edge of the box following Diego Godin’s blatant hand ball and the infraction resulted in a yellow card for the defender.
Rooney took the ensuing free kick but sent a shot just inches away from the upper corner.
Uruguay answered five minutes later when Cristian Rodriguez collected Phil Jagielka’s hash of a clearance but sent a first-time effort just over the crossbar.
The Three Lions produced their best chance of the opening period two minutes later when Steven Gerrard’s cross to the back post was met by Rooney, but the Manchester United striker only managed to turn his header off the post.
Uruguay finally broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Edinson Cavani picked out Suarez with an inch-perfect cross that eluded Jagielka and allowed the Liverpool striker to nod a shot past Joe Hart.
Uruguay had a tremendous chance to add to its lead in the 52nd minute when Nicolas Lodeiro slipped a through ball in for Cavani, but the PSG striker sliced his effort wide of goal.
England tied the game in the 75th minute when Glen Johnson broke free on the right flank and slid a low pass across the face of goal.
Muslera was unable to get a hand to the delivery, allowing Rooney to tuck it home from close range to break his 10-match run in World Cup play without a goal.
However, Suarez hammered a shot past Hart in the 85th minute, giving the Uruguayans the win and a chance to advance to the knockout round.