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Suarez storms back

English.news.cn   2014-06-20 07:55:14

SAO PAULO, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who missed Uruguay's opening match at the World Cup through injury, returned to starting line-up against England and became the Man of the Match to make the difference here on Thursday.

Suarez had been doubtful for the game following surgery last month to repair a small meniscus tear, but his brace helped Uruguay beat England 2-1 in the Group of Death which also contains Italy and Costa Rica.

Uruguay and England, both losing in the first round of World Cup Group D, fought closely to survive the group.

Suarez haunted his Liverpool team-mates 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.

Ten minutes after Wayne Rooney scored his first-ever World Cup goal to equalize, Suarez broke through a static Three Lions defense in the 85th minute, smashing home past Hart to seal the crucial win.

Suarez, 27, said after the match that he endured a difficult spell on the sidelines following the injury to his knee, and has expressed his gratitude towards his family for their support.

"This is incredible. I had told my team-mates that I had a dream that I was going to score two goals in this match," he said.

"We had to win this match and we did it playing like Uruguay does in these kind of games. Now we have to think about Italy, another very important rival.

"This victory is for all those people who said so many bad things about the team, it's for them," he said.

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

Suarez has scored 39 goals in his 77 international caps for Uruguay. He was also this season's English Premier League top-scorer with 31 goals.

In 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was sent off for his deliberate handball in the last seconds of extra-time. Ghana missed the resulting spot-kick and Uruguay eventually went through on penalties.

Today, Suarez said that the game against Italy would be another final and that the team would keep fighting until the end.

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