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Thursday, 19 June 2014
World Cup 2014 Finals First Phase Group D, Match Three

Uruguay 2 England 1 [1-0]

Arena de São Paulo (Arena Corinthians), Itaquera, São Paulo, Brazil
Attendance: 62,575; Kick-off: 4.00pm BRT, 8.00pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Uruguay - Luis Suárez (header from a Cavani through-ball 39 38:11, shot across goal from a long ball 85 84:01)
England - Wayne Rooney (four yard left footed tap in 75 74:42)
Match Summary
Uruguay Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Uruguay - Diego Godín (9 8:23)
Englad - Steven Gerrard (68 67:10)

Uruguay kicked-off. 96 minutes (45:57 & 50:04).


Match Summary


Officials from Spain




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.

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 16 June 1986 G Galatasaray SK, Turkey 60 0
22 Cáceres Silva, J. Martin 27 7 April 1987 RB Juventus FC, Italy 59 1
3 Godín Leal, Diego R. 28 16 February 1986 CD Club Atlético de Madrid SAD, Spain 79 3
Diego Godín cautioned in the 9th minute for handball. He handled a Sturridge chip outside the penalty area.
20 González Luengo, Álvaro R., off 78th min. 29 29 October 1984 RM SS Lazio SpA, Italy 45 2
13 Giménez de Vargas, José M. 19 20 January 1995 CD Club Atlético de Madrid SAD, Spain 7 0
6 Pereira Barragán, Álvaro D. 28 28 November 1985 LB São Paulo FC, Brazil, on loan from FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 58 6
7 Rodríguez Barotti, Cristian G. 28 30 September 1985 LM Club Atlético de Madrid SAD, Spain 75 8
17 Arévalo Ríos, Egidio R. 32 1 January 1982 CM CA Monarcas Morelia, Mexico, on loan from CF Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Neuvo Leon, also Mexico 57 0
Suárez Díaz, Luis A., off 88th min. 27 24 January 1987 F Liverpool FC, England 78 41
14 Lodeiro Benítez, M. Nicolás, off 67th min. 25 21 March 1989 CM Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Brazil 28 3
21 Cavani Gómez, Edinson R. 27 14 February 1987 F Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 64 22
Uruguay Substitutes
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 0
11 Stuani Curbelo, Cristian R., on 67th min. (66:36) for Lodeiro 27 12 October 1986 F RCD Espanyol de Barcelona SAD, Spain 12 4
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 1
4 Fucile Perdomo, Jorge C., on 78th min. (77:50) for González 29 19 November 1984 D FC do Porto, Portugal 43 0
scoreline: Uruguay 2 England 1
19 Coates Nion, Sebastián, on 88th min. (87:10) for Suárez 23 7 October 1990 D 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.

team notes:

Luis Suárez extended his record tally of goals scored for Uruguay.
4-4-2 Muslera -
Cáceres, Giménez, Godin, Pereira -
(Fucile), Arévalo, Lodeiro (Stuani), Rodríguez -
Cavani, Suárez (Coates)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.1 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 captaincy. 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 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 43 33 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 29 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 54 1
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 26 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 34 30 May 1980 DM Liverpool FC 113 21
Steven Gerrard cautioned in the 68th minute for ungentlemanly conduct for a foul after he brought down Cristian Rodríguez.
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 26 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 28 2
19 Sterling, Raheem S., off 64th min. 19 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LM Liverpool FC 6 0
14 Henderson, Jordan B., off 87th min. 24 17 June 1990 DM Liverpool FC 13 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24 1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 14 5
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 28 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 94 40
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 71st min. 23 26 November 1990 RM Manchester United FC 26 8
England Substitutes
scoreline: Uruguay 1 England 1
21 Barkley, Ross, on 64th min min. (63:54) for Sterling 20 5 December 1993 M Everton FC 8 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 71st min. (70:17) for Welbeck 26 10 May 1988 M Southampton FC 8 0
scoreline: Uruguay 2 England 1
18 Lambert, Rickie L., on 87th min (86:20) for Henderson 32 16 February 1982 F Liverpool FC 7 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) -
(Lallana), Rooney, Sterling (Barkley) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 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, even 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 USA.  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
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
André Do Nascimento Pereira