SAO PAULO » Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday to revive Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.
But it meant even more than that to the Liverpool player. Vilified after being banned by the English Football Association for racially abusing one opponent and biting another in two separate incidents in the Premier League, Suarez seemed to revel in inflicting England’s second successive loss in Brazil.
"I dreamt this," Suarez said at the Itaquerao Stadium. "I’m enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go."
English hopes of advancing from Group D to the round of 16 are now in real jeopardy after the team’s worst World Cup start in more than half a century. While England is stuck on zero points, Uruguay is off the mark after Suarez made an instant impact on his return from surgery.
"Before the game, too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years," Suarez said. "I want to see what they think now."
Of Uruguay’s six efforts on target, five were from Suarez — including the two that beat goalkeeper Joe Hart as England’s slack defending was exploited.
Suarez headed Uruguay in front before halftime and, after seeing his opener canceled out by Wayne Rooney’s first-ever World Cup goal, lashed in the winner in the 85th minute.
Having also lost against Italy, England now faces the prospect of not advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1958.
Group D leader Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay all have three points.