Liverpool’s Luis Suarez silenced pundits who had questioned his fitness before Uruguay’s game against England with a brace on the night to condemn Roy Hodgson’s men to their second defeat in two games at this year’s tournament.
Undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee just four weeks ago, many doubted that Suarez, who had yet to feature in this year’s World Cup, would be able to have any significant impact in his country’s second group game of the tournament. The common consensus was that he would need six weeks to recover from the operation and then additional time to get up to full match fitness.
Scheduled to only play 70 minutes, the Liverpool forward opened the scoring for Uruguay in the first half and while Wayne Rooney pulled England level in the second half with his first World Cup goal, Suarez remained on the pitch to capitalise on his club captain’s mistake to win the game with a fantastic strike past Joe Hart in the 85th minute.
Suarez was stretchered off with what seemed to be cramp not long after he regained the lead for his side. He played 88 minutes.
After the game, Suarez said
“I dreamt this.
“I’m enjoying this moment because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go.”