On this day in 2014: England suffer World Cup woe at hands of Luis Suarez

The Uruguay striker’s double all but eliminated Roy Hodgson’s side – but he went on to make contrasting headlines by biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

By Press Association Published: 19 June 2022 - 5.00am

Luis Suarez scored twice to push England to the brink of a group stage elimination at the World Cup on this day in 2014.

The then-Liverpool striker made headlines for good and bad reasons at the tournament in Brazil but produced his best against England in Sao Paulo.

England were left on the brink of elimination after the defeat in Sao Paulo
England were left on the brink of elimination after the defeat in Sao Paulo (Nick Potts/PA)

Suarez netted either side of a Wayne Rooney reply to condemn Roy Hodgson’s side to a 2-1 defeat and leave them bottom of Group D with zero points after two games.

Rooney was England’s biggest threat, curling a free-kick narrowly wide and then heading against the bar from close range from a Steven Gerrard cross.

Yet Uruguay were more organised and Suarez more clinical, despite not being fully fit as he returned to action following knee surgery.

Wayne Rooney gave England some hope with an equaliser
Wayne Rooney gave England some hope with an equaliser (Nick Potts/PA)

His first goal came as he twisted expertly to guide a header past Joe Hart from an Edinson Cavani cross just before half-time.

England rallied after the break, with Rooney testing Fernando Muslera before finally breaking through by turning in a Glen Johnson cross for his first World Cup finals goal 15 minutes from time.

Suarez, however, was to have the final word. With five minutes remaining, Muslera launched the ball upfield and captain Gerrard succeeded only in flicking it into his Liverpool colleague’s path.

Suarez finished the game with a clinical second
Suarez finished the game with a clinical second (Mike Egerton/PA)

Suarez made no mistake as he raced into the area and steadied himself to lash home a ferocious shot.

The inquest began almost immediately but manager Hodgson insisted he had no intention of quitting.

“I’m bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don’t feel I need to resign,” said Hodgson, who conceded his side’s chances of progressing were “unbelievably slim”.

He added: “To be in with a chance of continuing we really needed a result and we didn’t get it.”

England manager Roy Hodgson defied calls to quit after the defeat
England manager Roy Hodgson defied calls to quit after the defeat (Mike Egerton/PA)

England’s fate was confirmed the following day when Costa Rica beat Italy to put the top two spots in the group out of reach.

They could not even claim a consolation victory in their final game as they played out a drab goalless draw with Costa Rica.

As for Uruguay, they went on to beat a 10-man Italy side 1-0 to qualify for the last 16, but that was far from the full story. Suarez again proved the main talking point but this time for altogether different reasons after biting Giorgio Chiellini.

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