Luis Suarez bounced back from injury to ensure England endured their worst start to a World Cup tournament in their history. The English Premier League player of the year scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Suarez easily broke through England’s fragile rear guard with a header in the first half then made the most of a Steven Gerrard error to ram home the second with only five minutes remaining.
But England had their chances. Wayne Rooney was inches away from converting a free kick in the first period, before also hitting the upright after trying to head the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. But in the 75th minute, Rooney finally scored his first goal for England, which gave them a much needed equaliser.
Both teams traded chances all throughout the match. Than in the 85th minute a failed clearance by Liverpool teammate Gerrard allowed Suarez to steal the ball and put a dagger in the hearts of the English supporters. England could not recover from the shock and as a result are at the bottom of group D.
Technically England hasn’t been eliminated yet. However, it’ll take nothing short of a miracle for them to fight their way back into the competition. This is a heartbreaking loss for this group of players to take. After all, England had more shots on target, more set pieces and more possession at 62 percent to 38 percent.
And yet, even with the statistics on their side, England have nothing to show for their efforts. Raheem Sterling, who showed tremendous skill and pace in game one against Italy was non-existent against Uruguay. Rooney and Sturridge were involved but Danny Welbeck was silent throughout most of the match.
There will be plenty of questions surrounding England’s defence and overall effort in their first two matches. England supporters will be wondering what might have been had Wayne Rooney’s header went in. But in the end, this is the spot their in. But no matter what happens now, I’m sure Roy Hodgson and his side will do whatever it takes to put in a good performance for their fans in the team’s game.
After all, this may be the last time England supporters will be able to see Steven Gerrard play at the World Cup stage. I certainly hope veteran midfielder Frank Lampard will be given some time on the pitch against Costa Rica.
For Uruguay this victory is exactly what they needed. Suarez's past experience in the Premier League really seemed to pay off and Edinson Cavani played a vital role in both goals. This gives a whole new look to group D with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica all sitting on three points. I can’t wait to see how far Suarez will be able to carry his side in the competition.
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