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Suarez Delivers Blow to England's Hopes ; Liverpool Striker Notches Both Goals for Uruguay: Thunder Follows Finesse

Newspaper article International New York Times

Suarez Delivers Blow to England's Hopes ; Liverpool Striker Notches Both Goals for Uruguay: Thunder Follows Finesse

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Luis Suarez scored both of Uruguay's goals in a desperately needed 2-1 victory over England, which now requires plenty of help to advance.

Luis Suarez's first goal on Thursday was a delicate touch of class, a deft header nodded in with precision and purpose and placement. Suarez's second goal, however -- the one that was a death blow for England -- was something closer to a savage blast.

The combination was vintage Suarez, a pure attacker who perfectly embodies the Uruguayan notion of garra charrua -- that is, a mixture of will, fight and an unyielding desire to win in whatever way is required. On a chilly night at Arena Corinthians, Suarez showed his deliberate jab and then, at just the right moment, his haymaker.

The result was a 2-1 victory for Uruguay that left La Celeste rising and the Three Lions reeling. England was not mathematically eliminated after losing its opening two games but had to await the outcome of Friday's encounter between Italy and Costa Rica and then hope for a big win over Costa Rica.

"Our chances are unbelievably slim," England Manager Roy Hodgson said afterward. "We needed a result today, a draw or a victory, and we didn't get it."

They did not, even after Wayne Rooney, the often criticized English forward, finally scored his first World Cup goal in his 10th career game on the sport's biggest stage.

That goal, which came in the 75th minute after a thrilling run and cross from Glen Johnson, seemed as if it ought to bring relief: for Rooney, who is 28 but surely feels much older after more than a decade of scrutiny from England fans; for Hodgson, whose player selection had come under fire and whose job status will most likely be up in the air if his team fails to advance; and for the fans, many of whom traveled to Brazil and who were hoping, finally, for more than just another underachievement. …

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