Yes, as every England fan feared before the match, it was the Liverpool talisman, who had knee surgery just three weeks ago, who put them to the sword with a finishing master class and two brilliant goals.
His first goal put Uruguay one up and it was a beautiful header, tucked away after a superb cross and bit of play from Edison Cavani.
His second, and the match winner, came against the run of play – in fact it came from nothing. As England pressed, Muslera in the Uruguay goal punted a hopeful ball forward, the usually dependable Steven Gerrard misjudged the flight, and his header, and it went straight through to Suarez who blasted past a helpless Joe Hart with the defenders watching on.
The game had started finely balanced, both sides feeling each other out after losing their openers.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin picked up an early yellow and probably could have had another couple of yellows before the half ended, certainly one for a challenge he made on Daniel Sturridge after 28 minus.
And both sides had early chances – England through Rooney and Uruguay through PSG striker Cavani.
It was England though who came closest to opening scoring, Rooney hitting the bar with a header from a Gerrard free kick. Gerrard’s delivery left the goalkeeper stranded and Rooney missed when it was probably easier to score – he just couldn’t get above the ball.
Soon after, and much to England’s dismay, the deadlock was broken through Suarez. Sturridge had a chance to strike back, just as he did against Italy, but this time he was thwarted.
The second half started badly for Roy Hodgson’s men, who looked like they were still in the dressing room, but Uruguay failed to make their three pretty decent chances pay and England managed to get their composure, Baines starting to impress and get further up the field from left back.
When the hour mark came, Hodgson made his first change and Everton’s Ross Barkley came on for Raheem Sterling, who had offered a decent attacking threat up to that point, despite failing to retain the ball as well as he would have liked.
Still England couldn’t find an equalizer but they enjoy periods of dominance – the country with a population smaller than London continued to frustrate their opponents.
Hodgson made his second change, Danny Welbeck off for Adam Lallana on 70 mins – the more pessimistic fans worried that Lallana, Rooney and Barkley were all the same player and that suddenly England’s width and main threat, with Sterling and Welbeck off, had gone.
How wrong they were. Within five minutes things were on level terms. Great play from Gerrard set England off down the right, Sturridge turned, played in Glenn Johnson who had trotted up from right back and his cross found Rooney at the far post for a tap in.
That goal was his 40th England goal and first in a World Cup finals and it put him fourth in all-time England goal scorers list.
England was in the ascendency and it seemed from then that there would be only one winner.
But out of nothing Suarez made it 2-1.
Hogdson threw Rickie Lambert on to try and get an equalizer but it was too late and now England’s World Cup hangs in the balance.
They’ve never lost the first two opening games in a finals tournament before and they now have to rely on Italy to win both their remaining games and also beat Costa Rica in the final match to stand a chance of qualifying on goal difference.
Two defeats in a row, like the Socceroos, is a touch harsh on England but that’s football. They were beaten by a world class player.
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