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Uruguay beat England Suarez roars back to help Uruguay beat England 2-1

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Luis Suarez, who recovered from injury and returned to starting line-up, scored twice to help Uruguay beat England 2-1 in their World Cup Group D second round held at the Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday.

Suarez, 27, was elected the Man of the Match. He said after the match that his family, teammates and coaches gave him great support during his recovery.

"I feel so great today and I will keep my form in the upcoming matches," he said.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said, "Suarez is a wonderful player. We admire him."

"My players did well in concentration today and played actively," Tabarez said.

During the tight match, Wayne Rooney scored his first World Cup goal and his 40th for England, taking him joint-fourth on his country's all-time goalscorers list - level with Michael Owen.

Uruguay and England, both losing in the first round of World Cup Group D, fought closely to survive the Group of Death, also containing Italy and Costa Rica.

Liverpool forward Suarez haunted his Liverpool teammates in the 39th minute when the ball was spread to forward Edinson Cavani on the Uruguay left. Cavani chipped a delicate ball in to the onrushing Suarez, who nodded superbly past England keeper Joe Hart.

In the 75th minute, England defender Glen Johnson made great progress down the right and played the ball across the penalty area. It bounced across to the Rooney who touched home with his left foot.

It was elation for Uruguay and heartbreak for England in the 85th minute when Suarez broke through a static Three Lions defense, smashing home past Hart.

The two-man striking force, Suarez and Cavani, played the key role in Uruguay's win. When the tireless Cavani crafted, grafted and combined well with Suarez for the opening goal, it was the work of two world-class attackers with an experience of multiple games together at the highest level.

Suarez's low crosses, from play or corners, troubled his opponents far more than the flurry of first-half corners which England pitched high into the Uruguay box. Twice Joe Hart was caught out at the near post.

Uruguay defender and Captain Diego Godin was booked on 14 minutes. Uruguay are now on five cards (4 yellow and 1 red) at Brazil 2014, most of all teams.
Tabarez said, "We haven't survived the group yet. The match against Italy will be very tough."

England coach Roy Hodgson said that his team will fight to the end and play all out in the game against Costa Rica.

Suarez's brilliant form put England on the brink of an early World Cup exit. But in theory, England are still alive in the World Cup. If Italy top the group with three wins, and England beat Costa Rica in the third round, England, Uruguay and Costa Rica will share the same three points from three matches.

According to the FIFA rule on this World Cup, the survivors of the teams with same points will be decided by goal difference firstly. Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 19 (Xinhua)



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