Uruguay's Suarez Staggers England With Finesse, Then Ferocity

Luis Suarez netted two goals to help Uruguay defeat England 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup match.

updated: June 20, 2014 11:00 IST
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Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a second goal during a Group D football match against England at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.


Sao Paulo: Luis Suarez's first goal Thursday was a delicate touch of class, a deft header nodded in with precision and purpose and placement. Suarez's second goal, however - the one that was a death blow for England - was something closer to a savage blast.

The combination was vintage Suarez, a pure attacker who perfectly embodies the Uruguayan notion of garra charrua - that is, a mixture of will, fight and an unyielding desire to win in whatever way is required. On a chilly night at Arena Corinthians, Suarez showed his deliberate jab and then, at just the right moment, his haymaker. (I have proved a point, says Luis Suarez)

The result was a 2-1 victory for Uruguay that left La Celeste rising and the Three Lions reeling. England is not mathematically eliminated after losing its opening two games, but could be Friday if Italy and Costa Rica play to a tie. Even if that does not happen, England will need outside help - in addition to a big win over Costa Rica - to advance. (England in trouble: Won't quit says coach Hodgson | Gerrard rues mistakes)

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