Luis Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring. (©GettyImages)
Luis Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring. (©GettyImages).

England on the brink of elimination after Uruguay defeat

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A Luis Suarez brace helped Uruguay see off a promising England side in tonight's World Cup Group D clash in the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.  

Despite Wayne Rooney, who was playing in the number 10 role, pulling a goal back in the 75th minute, England still slumped to their second defeat in a row in Group D as a result of two Luis Suarez strikes.

The first, a cunning header that Joe Hart could do nothing about, was met with a commendable England fightback, with Suarez's Liverpool strike partner Daniel Sturridge causing headaches for the Uruguay defenders.

But, in the 84th minute, the Premier League top scorer hit the net again after a launched ball from keeper Fernando Muslera ricocheted off Steven Gerrard's head right into his path. Suarez smashed the ball into the back of the net. 

The defeat leaves England with no points in Group D and on the brink of elimination, but still with a slight glimmer of hope if Italy win their remaining two games and England can beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their final game. That would be enough to see Roy Hodgson's attack-minded young side through to the second round - a stage England have not failed to reach since 1958 when in the tournament proper. 

Wayne Rooney's 75th minute equaliser was his first ever goal in the World Cup finals, and if he is to notch any further goals in the 2014 edition of the tournament, the right time to do so for England would be on Tuesday, 24th of June in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, their final group game of the tournament.

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