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The World United Through Football Thursday, 19th June

Group Match - Suarez 2 - Rooney 1

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Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs Travel to England England in Sao Paulo.

Match Preview

Uruguay and England have met twice in FIFA World Cup finals competition before; in the quarter-finals of Switzerland 1954 and group stage of England 1966.

More recently, England beat Uruguay (2:1) in Liverpool, prior to Germany 2006.

The Match

After losing their opening games, the knockout stage starts early for Uruguay and England.

The winner might not be guaranteed a place in the second round, but the loser would be as good as out. Let's not get started on the merits of a draw.

England go for stability while Uruguay make five changes from the Costa Rica game; one, of course, the introduction of Luis Suarez.

The game started with plenty of movement; the drop in temperature a help but an early corner by Luis Suarez revealed a moment of vulnerability at Joe Hart's near post.

Uruguay looked better than they did against Costa Rica and England not as effective as they did against Italy.

Diego Godin was lucky to remain on the pitch in the 29th minute, when he should have been booked for a block, with the arm, on Sturridge. It would have been his second yellow card.

From the free-kick, it was - ironically - Godin who cleared the ball.

Wayne Rooney came close shortly after, as England hit the bar, but Roy Hodgson's men never really looked convincing enough; Wayne Rooney, still without a World Cup Finals goal.

Goalscorers 1:0
England soon paid the price for not winning enough challenges, giving the ball away carelessly and not picking up Luis Suarez.

With five England players running back, no-one closed down Edinson Cavani and no-one picked up Luis Suarez; who slipped in behind and nodded at the ball in gratitude.

Raheem Sterling almost replied at the other end but Fernando Muslera had his near post covered; for the price of a corner.

Half-time: Uruguay 1 - England 0

At the start of the second-half, Suarez almost caught Joe Hart out at the front post again,cwith another corner from the left.

Two more quick attacks and England were on the ropes; punch drunk.

Rooney in the box, proved again that he's not really world class; shooting at the goalkeeper when trying to get on the end of a Leighton Baines cross from the left.

Alvaro Pereira took a Raheem Sterling knee to the face during a sliding tackle and looked like a boxer on the canvas. Thankfully he managed to get back on his feet; although his legs were initially a little wobbly.

Goalscorers 1:1
Wayne Rooney finally scored a World Cup Finals goal; thanks to great trickery on the right from Daniel Sturridge and the overlap by Glen Johnson. When the ball arrived in the box, Wayne was there and the rest is history.

England now had some momentum and maybe felt they could get a result from a game they almost looked burried in.

Goalscorers 2:1
Sadly Luis Suarez was still fit enough to be on the pitch and chased, head down and determined, after a long kick out from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera had clipped Steven Gerrard on the head; to drill the ball between the returning Gary Cahill and a stranded Joe Hart.

A mathematician might find a way for England to qualify for the knockout stage; but quite honestly, they need a magician.

Italy need to beat Costa Rica and Uruguay and England need to beat Costa Rica by enough goals (probably two) to get a better goal difference.

The problem is, when Italy qualify after two games, they usually change their team to rest players.

Final Score: Uruguay 2 - England 1

1:0 - Luis Suarez (39 mins)
1:1 - Wayne Rooney (75 mins)
2:1 - Luis Suarez (85 mins)


Travel to Uruguay Uruguay:
1-Fernando Muslera; 13-Jose Maria Gimenez, 3-Diego Godin, 22-Martin Caceres, 6-Alvaro Pereira; 14-Nicolas Lodeiro, 20-Alvaro Gonzalez, 17-Egidio Arevalo Rios, 7-Cristian Rodriguez; 21-Edinson Cavani, 9-Luis Suarez.

Travel to England England:
1-Joe Hart; 3-Leighton Baines, 5-Gary Cahill, 6-Phil Jagielka, 2-Glen Johnson; 4-Steven Gerrard, 14-Jordan Henderson, 19-Raheem Sterling, 11-Danny Welbeck; 10-Wayne Rooney, 9-Daniel Sturridge.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo - Spain Travel to Spain

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
8 mins - Diego Godin (Uruguay)
67 mins - Steven Gerrard (England)

Travel to Italy Italy vs Costa Rica Travel to Costa Rica

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Thursday, 12th June
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Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
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Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
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England vs Italy
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Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
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Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
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Thursday, 26th June
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Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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