England on the brink after Uruguay defeat

Daily Echo: Luis Suarez celebrates his winner Luis Suarez celebrates his winner

England are staring down the barrel of a first World Cup group exit since 1958 after Luis Suarez's brace secured Uruguay a hard-fought victory.

Wayne Rooney thought he had snatched a draw for England after he equalised Suarez's opener in the first half.

But with five minutes left on the clock Steven Gerrard accidentally put the controversial Liverpool striker through and he beat Joe Hart to give the Uruguayans a 2-1 win.

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert both got on the pitch as second half subs.

Only a minor miracle will keep England in the tournament now.

If Costa Rica and Italy draw on Friday afternoon, or the Central Americans beat Cesare Prandelli's team, England will be eliminated with one match to spare.

If Italy won both their remaining games, Uruguay, Costa Rica and England will be tied for second spot, provided that Hodgson's men win their final match.

That seems unlikely after the defensive performance shown here on Thursday night.

No team in World Cup history has gone through after two defeats, so England might as well start thinking about going home after next Tuesday's game in Belo Horizonte against Costa Rica.

England showed promise in their first match against Italy, but in Sao Paulo they came up against a rigid and bruising Uruguay defence.

They had their chances to take something from the game. Rooney hit the bar and went close with a brilliant free-kick in the first half.

But once again, the attack cannot be blamed for the result.

England's defence was poor. They always looked susceptible to pace and Suarez, despite being half-fit, caused them problems all night.

Suarez played up to the role of the role of pantomime villain from the beginning of the evening, winking at his Liverpool team-mate Gerrard in the tunnel.

His first touch was greeted by loud boos from the 8,000 England fans sporting red and white in the far corner of the stadium.

Those supporters were made to endure a nerve-jangling opening 10 minutes as England started on the back foot.

Suarez's cross deflected off Gary Cahill's head and Hart almost spilled the ball into his own net, before the England goalkeeper nervously palmed away a Suarez corner.

It was not the start England wanted.

The pressure lifted for a moment when Diego Godin was booked for punching Daniel Sturridge's through-ball.

Rooney steadied himself and bent the resulting free-kick over the wall and narrowly wide of Fernando Muslera's goal.

Uruguay soon had England rattled again.

Phil Jagielka made a real hash of his clearance and the ball fell to Cristian Rodriguez, who belted a left-foot drive that flew an inch over.

Gary Cahill soon followed suit, making another poor clearance, but once again Uruguay could not capitalise.

A concerned Hodgson came to the edge of his technical area to bark orders to his players. It had little effect though as Uruguay continued piling on the pressure.

Cahill had to put in a last-ditch tackle to deny Edinson Cavani and the Paris St Germain man then clipped a shot just over the bar.

Godin was lucky to stay on the pitch when his outstretched arm hit Sturridge in the neck.

Then came Rooney's big chance of the first half. The striker connected with Gerrard's free-kick just under the goal frame, but his header struck the frame and bounced out.

Then, seven minutes before the break, Suarez struck.

Gerrard lost the ball on the halfway line while England had men upfield and Uruguay hit on the counter. Glen Johnson gave Cavani enough time and space to curl a peach of a cross that looped over Cahill's head and Suarez did the rest.

The Liverpool striker wheeled away before being mobbed by his team-mates.

England's defence again switched off after the break, allowing Cavani through, but luckily for the Three Lions, he shot wide.

Rooney found space in the box at the other end of the pitch, but he could only fire at Muslera. It was as if he was destined to never score a World Cup goal.

Gerrard's emotions got the better of him as he clattered into Rodriguez to earn a booking.

Hodgson brought on Ross Barkley, who immediately injected some life into the England midfield.

Sturridge, Johnson and Barkley all entered the box, but nothing was working for England - until Johnson went on a run down the right flank.

Johnson, who had been poor all night, took one player on and slipped the ball through the legs of Alvaro Gonzalez to Rooney, who prodded home.

Hodgson leapt up in celebration and Rooney looked to the skies. Finally the monkey was off the Manchester United striker's back. Finally England could breathe again.

England went for the kill. Sturridge broke into the box and was knocked to the floor by Alvaro Pereira, but the referee waved play on.

But with five minutes left Suarez struck the killer blow.

Gerrard mistakenly flicked on a long punt and Suarez drove a low ball past Hart.

England threw everything they had at Uruguay - Hart even came up for a corner - but nothing worked and Suarez was held aloft by his jubilant team-mates at the final whistle.

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10:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!! Bazultra
  • Score: 1

10:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

A disgrace to my intelligence Hodgson you puppet.
A disgrace to my intelligence Hodgson you puppet. Bazultra
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

saint in dordogne says...

Don't give up hope super Mario will now have 50 million supporters and we all know what he can do!
So com'on you green white and reds!!!!! (did I really write that!)
Don't give up hope super Mario will now have 50 million supporters and we all know what he can do! So com'on you green white and reds!!!!! (did I really write that!) saint in dordogne
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

saint in dordogne says...

Bazultra wrote:
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup!
[quote][p][bold]Bazultra[/bold] wrote: As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!![/p][/quote]Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup! saint in dordogne
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

To top it all off Woy made the same changes around the same time as in the Italt game. Predictable one trick pony. Sorry but this guy is on millions of pounds a year and he cant give a simple instruction to single out Suarez as not many of the other Uraguayians are a real threat. Woy the joke thats all I will say. Im so vexed.
To top it all off Woy made the same changes around the same time as in the Italt game. Predictable one trick pony. Sorry but this guy is on millions of pounds a year and he cant give a simple instruction to single out Suarez as not many of the other Uraguayians are a real threat. Woy the joke thats all I will say. Im so vexed. Bazultra
  • Score: 5

10:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Gutted, but not surprised.
Gutted, but not surprised. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 8

10:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

saint in dordogne wrote:
Bazultra wrote:
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup!
Like the 2 lucky goals against italy you mean. As we didnt man mark Balotelli. Oh I forgot who is he anyway!
[quote][p][bold]saint in dordogne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazultra[/bold] wrote: As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!![/p][/quote]Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup![/p][/quote]Like the 2 lucky goals against italy you mean. As we didnt man mark Balotelli. Oh I forgot who is he anyway! Bazultra
  • Score: -1

10:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

2getheras1 says...

Don't give a faeces. Come on Saints. Can't wait for the season to start!!!
Don't give a faeces. Come on Saints. Can't wait for the season to start!!! 2getheras1
  • Score: 7

10:37pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

LFCcalway WHERE ARE YOU
you must be so proud of your Liverpool players tonight
Gerard is a liability
Johnson the less said the better
Sterling played well on Saturday non existent
No wonder you are after our players
DREAM ON
LFCcalway WHERE ARE YOU you must be so proud of your Liverpool players tonight Gerard is a liability Johnson the less said the better Sterling played well on Saturday non existent No wonder you are after our players DREAM ON bullsbags
  • Score: 15

10:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

With so many livermoan players on the pitch we were bound to choke
With so many livermoan players on the pitch we were bound to choke Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 12

10:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

smuggins says...

It is a good job that when Saints play Liverpool on the opening day of the season Suarez will be at Real Madrid.
It is a good job that when Saints play Liverpool on the opening day of the season Suarez will be at Real Madrid. smuggins
  • Score: 11

10:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

saint in dordogne wrote:
Bazultra wrote:
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup!
O that's ok then you have made me feel so much better!
[quote][p][bold]saint in dordogne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazultra[/bold] wrote: As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!![/p][/quote]Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup![/p][/quote]O that's ok then you have made me feel so much better! bullsbags
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Littleton-Saint says...

We deserve to go out - we were awful against Italy and Uruguay.
Too many similar players and a clueless manager. Why does Sturridge
bang the goals in for Diverpool but pussyfoot his shots for the three
lions - no pride - no desire to win - a disgrace.
We deserve to go out - we were awful against Italy and Uruguay. Too many similar players and a clueless manager. Why does Sturridge bang the goals in for Diverpool but pussyfoot his shots for the three lions - no pride - no desire to win - a disgrace. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 6

11:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

DisplacedFan says...

Among other decisions, the team Woy picked to start did not deliver. If we are going to be eliminated, time to put some different faces in the first team!
Among other decisions, the team Woy picked to start did not deliver. If we are going to be eliminated, time to put some different faces in the first team! DisplacedFan
  • Score: 2

11:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

ausnic says...

Have to vent, again we see an Englad side play poorly, the crossing was dreadful, few shoots on target, Rooney really the only plus point, dreadful. We can blame Woy, we can blame to many foreigners playing or managing in our league (there are and no its not racist just a fact). We should blame the players, most if not all are earning 100k per week and they show again tthat they are mostly a bunch of over paid, over hyped ******, who showed a massive lack of passion tonight.
Have to vent, again we see an Englad side play poorly, the crossing was dreadful, few shoots on target, Rooney really the only plus point, dreadful. We can blame Woy, we can blame to many foreigners playing or managing in our league (there are and no its not racist just a fact). We should blame the players, most if not all are earning 100k per week and they show again tthat they are mostly a bunch of over paid, over hyped ******, who showed a massive lack of passion tonight. ausnic
  • Score: 5

12:40am Fri 20 Jun 14

mack chinnon says...

John Terry was missed last night.
John Terry was missed last night. mack chinnon
  • Score: 0

3:53am Fri 20 Jun 14

johnlennonar says...

saint in dordogne wrote:
Bazultra wrote:
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup!
So they only had 2 shots on target?? What game did you watch??
[quote][p][bold]saint in dordogne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazultra[/bold] wrote: As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!![/p][/quote]Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup![/p][/quote]So they only had 2 shots on target?? What game did you watch?? johnlennonar
  • Score: -3

5:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

richard903 says...

To many individules they dont play like a team, evertbody wanted to be the star! Oh and how come nobody in our national team can pass a ball anymore?
To many individules they dont play like a team, evertbody wanted to be the star! Oh and how come nobody in our national team can pass a ball anymore? richard903
  • Score: 1

6:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

White and red till dead says...

Gerrard ultimately responsible for both goals. Time for him to retire.
Gerrard ultimately responsible for both goals. Time for him to retire. White and red till dead
  • Score: 2

11:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

johnlennonar wrote:
saint in dordogne wrote:
Bazultra wrote:
As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!!
Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup!
So they only had 2 shots on target?? What game did you watch??
Uruguay had 8 shots only 2 on target, England 12 shots 6 on target in the game that I watched.
[quote][p][bold]johnlennonar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint in dordogne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazultra[/bold] wrote: As i said earlier how can Hodgson and a England be so naive. We all know how dangerous Suarez is in the premier league. Waste of fing time have you not heard of man marking Hodgson you fing yes man. Shame on you im in a rage you puppet. I coukd of managed the team better myself!!!!![/p][/quote]Why can't anyone see the positives in England? They scored 2 lucky goals with their only shots on target we played ten times better than the last world cup![/p][/quote]So they only had 2 shots on target?? What game did you watch??[/p][/quote]Uruguay had 8 shots only 2 on target, England 12 shots 6 on target in the game that I watched. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Does anyone think that England has one player would be named in a THIRD ELEVEN never mind a first or second because I can't !

We only have average players performing at an average level so no reason to even expect anything from the Costa Rica game now they have beaten Italy.

We were second best against Italy and Uruguay yet many consider our players did quite well - says it all !!

England going home with three defeats and bottom of the group, WORST EVER PERFORMANCE !

Must play all the young players against Costa Rica for them to gain future experience to build for the Euro's in two years.
Does anyone think that England has one player would be named in a THIRD ELEVEN never mind a first or second because I can't ! We only have average players performing at an average level so no reason to even expect anything from the Costa Rica game now they have beaten Italy. We were second best against Italy and Uruguay yet many consider our players did quite well - says it all !! England going home with three defeats and bottom of the group, WORST EVER PERFORMANCE ! Must play all the young players against Costa Rica for them to gain future experience to build for the Euro's in two years. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 1

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