World Cup review: Suarez double leaves England on brink

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Friday 20 June 2014

World Cup review: Suarez double leaves England on brink

Liverpool forward scores twice in 2-1 win for Uruguay over Roy Hodgson's charges

World Cup gallery of BPL players - 19 June

Uruguay 2-1 England

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the scourge of England with two goals in either half that have left the Three Lions’ FIFA 2014 World Cup prospects hanging by a thread.

The 29-year-old, who was the top scorer in the Barclays Premier league last season with 31 goals, put Uruguay into the lead with a first-half header, which was cancelled out by a 75th-minute equaliser from Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. But Suarez settled the match five minutes from the end when he raced on to a punt upfield by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, which was inadvertently headed into his path by clubmate Steven Gerrard, and crashed the winner past Joe Hart, the Manchester City goalkeeper.

The victory puts Uruguay level on three points in Group D with Costa Rica and Italy, who meet today. England can still qualify for the knockout stage on goal difference provided they beat Costa Rica on Tuesday and Italy win their two remaining matches.

BPL players to feature
Joe Hart (Manchester City), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Leighton Baines (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool, sub: 87min), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United, 71), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 64), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Subs: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, 87), Adam Lallana (Southampton, 71), Ross Barkley (Everton, 64). Subs not used: Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), James Milner (Manchester City), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
Goal: Rooney 75.
Uruguay: Luis Suarez (Liverpool, 88). Subs: Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, 88). Subs not used: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion).
Goals: Suarez 39, 85.

Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

Colombia reached the last 16 of the World Cup thanks to an impressive victory over Ivory Coast in Brasilia.

James Rodriguez broke the deadlock for Los Cafeteros eight minutes after the interval before substitute Juan Quintero doubled their lead on 70 minutes. Former Arsenal winger Gervinho scored his second goal of the tournament with a mesmerising run and shot but it was not enough for an Ivory Coast side featuring three Barclays Premier League players, to elude defeat. The African still have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 as a draw in their final match against Greece.

BPL players to feature
Pablo Armero (Udinese, on loan at West ham last season, 72).
Ivory Coast: Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City). Subs not used: Kolo Toure (Liverpool)

Japan 0-0 Greece

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida helped his side keep a clean sheet but Japan were unable to break down 10-man Greece in Natal.

The 2004 European champions lost their captain Konstantinos Katsouranis to a red card after he picked up his second booking seven minutes before half-time, but although Japan tried to improve their attacking options by introducing Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa shortly after the interval, the resilient Greeks, for whom Fulham's Kostantinos Mitroglou and Giorgos Karagounis made an appearance, held out for the point.

BPL players to feature
Maya Yoshida (Southampton). Sub: Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United, 57).

BPL goalscorers at the FIFA 2014 World Cup

3 Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd)
2 Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Liverpool)
1 Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City), Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium & Manchester United), Mile Jedinak (Australia & Crystal Palace), Wayne Rooney (England & Manchester United).

* players classified as BPL players are those registered to 2014/15 Premier League clubs until 30 June, 2014, even if they are to be released or are or have been on loan at another club this season.

2014 FIFA World Cup fixtures

20 June (BST)
Italy v Costa Rica
8pm Switzerland v France
11pm Honduras v Ecuador

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