2014 World Cup: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez Tames England
Luis Suarez is the name that will be on everyone’s lips for a while as he hit a brace against England for Uruguay, guaranteeing the 2-1 victory in World Cup Group D action. Wayne Rooney scored hist first-ever goal in this competition, but his light was outshone by the man who heroically came back three weeks after knee surgery to single-handedly win this game for his country.
England had the majority of possession, created the better chances and even defended successfully most of the time, but the counter-attacking ability of Uruguay hurt them where it hurts most: into the back of their net. Their build-up was slow going forward which made it easy for their opponents to close them down. Physically, they were the weaker of the two as strength in the 50/50 battles helped the South American side win this game.
Diego Godin, captain of Uruguay in Diego Lugano‘s absence, should have been ejected in the first half as he elbowed Daniel Sturridge in the throat, but the referee decided to let it go. They were the much rougher of the two sides as they tried to win this with power instead of grace as the latter of the two resulted in a heartbreaking loss.
Now, England must await the result between Costa Rica and Italy tomorrow, as their fate lies in the hands of the team that defeated them in the group opener. If the the game ends in a draw or a Costa Rican win, England is out. Otherwise, there is still a chance. Their best bet is to still defeat the Central American side in their final group game.
England’s weakest aspect was their defense and not handling the pressure on the counter. Suarez is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, and even though they knew so, the fatigue of the game forced them to leave him free. Surely after this tough loss, they will shape up in the back.