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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Copa do Mundo da FIFA First Phase Group D Match Three

Uruguay 2 England 1 [1-0]

Arena de São Paulo (Arena Corinthians), Itaquera, São Paulo, Brazil
Kick-off (BRT): 4.00pm 8.00pm BST

Attendance: 62,575

Nicol�s Lodeiro kicked-off Steven Gerrard won the toss
96 minutes (45:57 & 50:04
[1-0] Luis Suárez header 39 38:11
 header from 7 yards away from Hart's right reach from a Edinson Cavani thro'-ball
[0-0] Wayne Rooney heads free-kick onto post 30:32

[2-1] Luis Suárez 85 84:01
 right-footed powerful strike into near post from 7 yards from Gerrard heading on a Muslera clearance
[1-1] Wayne Rooney 75 74:42
4 yard left footed placed away from keeper's right from an Glen Johnson thro' ball
Diego Godín 9 8:23
  Steven Gerrard 68 67:10
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary


Officials from Spain

Uruguay Squad


England Squad
Referee (yellow) - Carlos Velasco Carballo
43 (16 March 1971), Madrid, FIFA listed 2008.

Assistant Referees - Roberto Alonso Fernández, 37 (18 September 1976) and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, 38 (25 September 1975).
Fourth official -
Alireza Faghani, 36 (21 March 1978), Tehran, Iran.

Reserve Assistant Referee/Fifth Referee - Hassan Kazem Kamranifar, Iran

8 Goal Attempts 12
2 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
7 Corner Kicks Won 6
3 Offside Calls Against 1
17 Fouls Conceded 12
37% Possession 63%

Uruguay Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 7th
EFO ranking
Group 1 (top)
ELO rating 16th to 11th
Colours: Made by Puma - Sky blue crew neck jerseys with white/gold trimmed collar and gold side trim and white trimmed cuffs, black shorts, black socks with sky blue tops/gold vertical stripe.
Capt: Diego Godín Manager: Óscar Wáshington Tábarez Sclavo, 67 (3 March 1947), appointed May 2006
Uruguay Lineup
1 Muslera Micol, N. Fernando 28
3 days
16 June 1986 G Galatasaray SK, Turkey 60 0
22 Cáceres Silva, J. Martín 27
73 days
7 April 1987 RB Juventus FC, Italy 59 1
13 Giménez de Vargas, José M. 19
150 days
20 January 1995 CD Club Atlético de Madrid , Spain 7 0
Godín Leal, Diego R. 28
123 days
16 February 1986 CD Club Atlético de Madrid , Spain 79 3
Godín cautioned in the 9th min. for handling a Sturridge chip outside the penalty area.
6 Pereira Barragán, Álvaro D. 28
203 days
28 November 1985 LB São Paulo FC, Brazil, on loan from FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 58 6
20 González Luengo, Álvaro R., off 78th min. 29
233 days
29 October 1984 RM SS Lazio, Italy 45 2
17 Arévalo Ríos, Egidio R. 32
169 days
1 January 1982 CM CA Monarcas Morelia, Mexico, on loan from CF Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Neuvo Leon, also Mexico 57 0
7 Rodríguez Barotti, Cristian G. 28
262 days
30 September 1985 LM Club Atlético de Madrid , Spain 75 8
Cavani Gómez, Edinson R. 27
125 days
14 February 1987 RF Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 64 22
14 Lodeiro Benítez, M. Nicolás, off 67th min. 25
90 days
21 March 1989 AM Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Brazil 28 3
Suárez Díaz, Luis A., off 88th min. 27
146 days
24 January 1987 LF Liverpool FC, England 78 41
most gls
Uruguay Substitutes
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 0
11 Stuani Curbelo, Cristian R., on 67th min. (66:36) for Lodeiro 27
250 days
12 October 1986 CF RCD Espanyol de Barcelona , Spain 12 4
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 1
4 Fucile Perdomo, Jorge C., on 78th min. (77:50) for González 29
212 days
19 November 1984 CD FC do Porto, Portugal 43 0
scoreline: Uruguay 2 England 1
19 Coates Nion, Sebastián, on 88th min. (87:10) for Suárez 23
255 days
7 October 1990 CD Club Nacional de Football, on loan from Liverpool FC, England 16 0
result: Uruguay 2 England 1
unused substitutes: 5-Walter Gargano, 8-Abel Hernández, 10-Diego Forlán, 12-Rodrigo Muñoz, 15-Diego Pérez, 18-Gastón Ramírez, 23-Martín Silva.
4-3-3 Muslera -
Cáceres, Giménez, Godín, Pereira -
(Fucile), Arévalo, Rodríguez -
Cavani, Lodeiro
(Stuani), Suárez (Coates)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 211 days Appearances/Goals 55.5 7.6


England Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 10th
EFO ranking
Group 1 (4th)
ELO rating 11th to 16th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(38th & final captaincy (5)).
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
30th match, W 15 - D 10 - L 5 - F 58 - A 27.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27
61 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 43 33ᵍᵃ
Johnson, Glen M. 29
300 days
23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 54 1
final app 2003-14
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28
182 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 26 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31
306 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 28 2
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29
190 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 26 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 34
20 days
30 May 1980 RDM Liverpool FC 113 21
Gerrard cautioned in the 68th min. for a foul after he brought down Cristian Rodríguez.
14 Henderson, Jordan B., off 87th min. 24
2 days
17 June 1990 LDM Liverpool FC 13 0
19 Sterling, Raheem S., off 64th min. 19
193 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RAM Liverpool FC 6 0
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 28
238 days
24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 94 39
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 71st min. 23
205 days
26 November 1990 LAM Manchester United FC 26 8
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24
291 days
1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 14  5
England Substitutes
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 1
21 Barkley, Ross, on 64th min min. (63:54) for Sterling 20
196 days
5 December 1993 RM Everton FC 8 1 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 71st min. (70:17) for Welbeck 26
40 days
10 May 1988 LDM Southampton FC 8 4 0
scoreline: Uruguay 2 England 1
18 Lambert, Rickie L., on 87th min (86:20) for Henderson 32
123 days
16 February 1982 LF Liverpool FC 7 3 3
result: Uruguay 2 England 1
unused substitutes: 7-Jack Wilshere, 8-Frank Lampard, 12-Chris Smalling, 13-Ben Foster, 16-Phil Jones, 17-James Milner, 22-Fraser Forster, 23-Luke Shaw.
team notes: This is the first time England have kept an unchanged teamsheet since the final two matches of Euro 2012.
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines -
Gerrard, Henderson
(Lambert) -
(Barkley), Rooney, Welbeck (Lallana) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 149 days Appearances/Goals 40.4 7.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

It had to be him didn't it!  The man we feared before this tournament began punished us with two clinical world class finishes from his only two chances.  Luis Suarez, back from injury, did what he dreamed about and scored on the world's greatest stage, and in so doing virtually ended England's involvement in the tournament.  The grinning, toothy, Liverpool striker's face will haunt England fans for years to come, but you have to hand it to him, he is one special player.

England went into the match unchanged from the unlucky defeat against Italy, except for moving Wayne Rooney into a more central role and pushing Raheem Sterling wide.  It was quickly obvious that Uruguay were not going to be as bad as they were in their opening game against Costa Rica, and they were soon hustling England and pressing them into errors.  It took a while for England to adapt to this pressure although after just two minutes the Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera fumbled an easy ball, almost dropping it at Daniel Sturridge's feet.  But after five minutes it was Suarez who almost created a goal when his in-swinging corner almost went in directly.  Joe Hart was scrambling as he patted the ball away from danger.  It was a tentative and nervous start by England.

But gradually they settled down and Steven Gerrard's fine pass set a good move down the right in motion.  That came to nothing but then Sturridge won a free-kick on the edge of the area after a blatant handball by Godin resulted in the game's first booking.  Rooney took the kick and he was just inches away from scoring after a fine shot just curled the wrong side of the left-hand post.

It was so important that England should score first in this game as Uruguay were also looking nervous and tentative at times.  Mind you, the South Americans certainly didn't shirk their tackles and several times the England players were 'taken out'!  Godin should have received a red card for an 'assault' on Sturridge, especially as he had already been booked.  Not for the last time on this night though, the Spanish referee was not up to the task and he was often far too lenient with some of the challenges.

On 15 minutes a sliced attempted clearance by Phil Jagielka fell kindly for Cristian Rodriguez but the Uruguayan fired over when perhaps he should have done better.  Sturridge then won a corner with a deflected shot, but England's passing was not as good as it had been against Italy, mainly because the Uruguayan challenges were fierce, and hurried England out of their stride.  Rooney was being shadowed everywhere by Alvaro Pereira and the Manchester United man took some bad late tackles.

On 28 minutes a clever corner routine ended with Edinson Cavani shooting just over for Uruguay, and then Danny Welbeck made a fine run into the box before just over-running the ball for a goal-kick,en though replays suggested it should have been a corner.  Then, three minutes later Rooney was again so unlucky not to score.  A Gerrard corner found him at the far post but his close range header struck the angle of post and bar before it was cleared.  That began a period of pressure from England with Sturridge again shooting over and a number of corners were won.

With 39 minutes gone, and just as England were beginning to assert themselves more into the game, the Uruguayans broke swiftly down the inside-left channel.  Gerrard missed a chance to stop the attack but his weak challenge was not enough.  Then Glen Johnson did not close down Cavani and the talented Uruguayan produced a stunning cross to Suarez, beyond the last defender, Jagielka.  The Liverpool star still had a lot to do with the header, but he placed it perfectly, wide of Hart.  It was difficult to be too critical of the England defence as Suarez did this against the Premier League's top defenders all last season so we shouldn't be too surprised, but it was still so difficult to stomach for the England fans.

Sturridge had another effort well saved as England tried to hit back quickly, as they had done against the Italians, but half-time came with England still trailing.  Several players seemed off their game a little and at this level that can't happen, the other teams take full advantage of such lapses.

The second-half began with England's defence all over the place at times.  Suarez again almost scored direct from a corner, and Alvaro Gonzales almost made it 2-0 before Cavani missed a golden chance to increase Uruguay's lead.  Left completely unmarked he had an easy task to shoot past Hart, but luckily for England he scuffed his shot wide of the far post.  That miss seemed to wake England from their slumbers and they started to hit back again.  On 53 minutes Rooney, once again, so nearly scored, this time his excellent shot was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper.  Rooney had easily been England's best player and to be honest he could have had a hat-trick had he been a little luckier, or perhaps more clinical with his finishing.

Uruguay are the past masters at stopping momentum from the opposition, and they usually use foul methods.  It was no different in this game and the England fans lost count of the number of times the England players were flattened when promising moves began.  But that is something you have to deal with at World Cups and it is no good bleating about it.  It is frustrating, and referees should be stronger and deal with it, but the Spanish official here left quite a bit to be desired from an England perspective.

To their credit England kept pushing forward, Jordan Henderson saw his shot saved, Sterling went down in the box, but no chance of a penalty from this ref, and then Ross Barkley was sent on to replace Sterling, who had been nowhere near as effective in this game as he had been against Italy.  A Sturridge centre was then hurriedly cleared, Gerrard was booked for a challenge nowhere near as brutal as some of the Uruguayan challenges that had gone unpunished, and then Roy Hodgson brought on Adam Lallana for Welbeck.

Finally, in the 75th minute England were rewarded for their spell of pressure.  A fine turn allowed Sturridge to send Johnson scampering down the right.  The full-back cut inside and managed to toe-poke a cross as he was challenged.  The ball ran across goal and there was Rooney dashing in to finally find the net from close range.  If anyone deserved a goal it was Rooney.

At this stage the feeling was that England now had the momentum and would go on to win the match.  Muslera again saved from Sturridge and the striker was then bundled over in the box, again no chance of a penalty.  The match was ebbing and flowing but with just five minutes to go a disastrous moment cost England the match and probably their place in the tournament.  A long punt by the goalkeeper should have been dealt with easily, but Gerrard's attempt at a header only succeeded in diverting the ball wide of Jagielka to a Uruguayan player standing well offside and on his own.  Of course, it had to be Suarez and he couldn't believe his luck as he confidently strode forward unchallenged to bury the ball past Hart from an angle.  The sense of disappointment from the England fans and players was on a par with all the disappointments that they have experienced many times before in other international tournaments.  But the fact it was Suarez who made the difference just made it seem that much more acute somehow.

Even goalkeeper Hart came up for a final corner for England, but it was to no avail and as the white shirted players trooped off the mood of the nation was just as it has been for the last umpteen years of failure.  That may seem a little harsh after what had actually been two pretty good performances by the team, but the bottom line, again, is that we are just not quite good enough in the vital areas.  Now, all that is left is hope, hope that Italy can do us a favour by winning both of their last two games.  But, hang on a minute, when did Italy ever do England a favour?  (And I wrote this before Italy played CR!)  Realistically England probably have one last chance to salvage some respect and that is by beating Costa Rica.  A word of warning though, the match is being played in Belo Horizonte, scene of the most awful England defeat in their history, back in the 1950 World Cup against the United States.  Will history repeat itself?

Oh well, there is always the Euros in France in a couple of years, and we shall soon have our league football back again, and I can again start worrying about the fortunes of my beloved Preston North End.  Roll on!

Source Notes

BBC Sport

André Do Nascimento Pereira
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor