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Super Suarez double outshines Rooney as England fall

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MATCH WINNER: Luis Suarez is ecstatic after scoring Uruguay’s crucial second goal against England on Thursday night. photo by AFP 

By Mark Namanya in Brazil

Posted  Saturday, June 21   2014 at  01:00
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SOCCER.

England had chances of their own, both falling to Rooney, who has struggled for World Cup form. The first was a header he crashed against the cross bar while Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera denied him for the second from close range

Wayne Rooney struck his first career World Cup goal but two spectacular Luis Suarez finishes handed England a second straight defeat at the Arena De Sao Paulo on Friday night.

The match had been billed as a showdown between the two strikers, who feature for rival sides in the English Premiership, Luis Suarez for Liverpool and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United.

In the end, Suarez proved he is miles ahead of Rooney today.
Playing at half-mast after being rushed by coach Oscar Tabarez following Uruguay’s dismal performance in their opening loss to Costa Rica, Suarez gave the lead with a cunning header past Joe Hart after peeling away from Phil Jaglieka late in the first half. It was sweet finish from a delicious curling ball from Edinson Cavani.

Deserved lead
It was also a deserved lead. The Uruguayans played with urgency and purpose, hurrying England and searching for the early kill. England had chances of their own, both falling to Rooney, who has struggled for World Cup form throughout his career. The first was a header he crashed against the cross bar while Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera denied him for the second from point blank range.

The equaliser was owed to Glen Johnson’s tenacity. The fullback made a surging run down the line before cutting in forcing the ball through Gimenez’s legs, presenting an unmarked Rooney with an easy goal.
The leveler should have been the goal to give Roy Hodgson’s side renewed verve to search for a winner they so needed.

Instead Steven Gerrard brushed a Muslera punt into Suarez’s path and the striker smashed the ball past Hart, five minutes from time. It was a goal that enhanced Uruguay’s chances of qualification but left England’s hanging on a mosquito’s g-string.

Italy were due to play Costa last night where a draw would have eliminated Hodgson’s side. This is the first time England have lost both their opening matches at the Fifa World Cup.
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THURSDAY RESULTS - W.CUP
Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast
Uruguay 2-1 England
Japan 3-1 Greece