Uruguay 2 England 1: Player ratings as Liverpool striker stars

Uruguay 2 England 1: Player ratings as Luis Suárez nets a spectacular brace to leave the Three Lions on the brink

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Uruguay
2
England
1

Uruguay

Fernando Muslera Showed early sign of nerves as he spilled a simple loose ball. The Galatasaray goalkeeper saved well from Rooney in the second half. Failed to claim Johnson’s cross as Rooney scored his first World Cup goal. 6/10

Jose Maria Gimenez The Atletico Madrid right-back was solid coming up against the in-form Sterling. Fortunate to escape a booking for a high challenge on Rooney. 6

Diego Godin Picked up a caution for stopping a through pass with his right arm. The Atletico centre-half should have been sent off minutes later after a cynical elbow ended a Sturridge burst. Walked a disciplinary tightrope from that point onwards, but escaped without any further punishment.5

Martin Caceres The Juventus full-back was energetic and enjoyed a competitive battle with Welbeck. 6

Alvaro Pereira The Inter Milan full-back was comfortable coming up against a less-effective Sterling. The Uruguay defender soldiered on despite being caught by Sterling’s knee in the face. 6

Nicolas Lodeiro The Uruguay midfielder was tasked with running the hard yards to deny England space. Did his job well. 6

Alvaro Gonzalez Solid if unspectacular. Like Lodeiro, Gonzalez pressed Hodgson’s midfielders at every turn. 5

Egidio Arevalo Rios The epitome of a hustling and bustling midfielder as the Uruguayan didn’t allow England’s midfield to settle. 6

Cristian Rodriguez A poor Jagielka clearance fell to the Atletico midfielder, but Rodriguez blazed his effort over the crossbar. Struggled to have a telling impact. 5

Edinson Cavani The Paris Saint-Germain striker came close from a set-piece routine on the half-hour mark. The 27-year-old retained his composure as Uruguay countered, teeing up Suarez for the opener. Contested the high ball which led to Gerrard inadvertently finding Suarez, who scored a late winner. 7

Luis Suarez (man of the match) Made a cunning start as he attempted to score direct from a corner. Struggled to have an impact in open play, the Liverpool striker showed further craft to find Cavani unmarked in the England area with a low corner. The combination proved the Three Lions’s undoing as the danger man guided a header past Hart from Cavani’s cross. Was alert to anticipate Gerrard’s mistake and fire past Hart in the final five minutes. 9

Substitutes

Jorge Fucile N/A

Christian Stuani Escaped punished for a naughty challenge late on. 5

Sebastian Coates N/A

England

Joe Hart Like his opposite number, Hart made an awkward start as he nearly got caught out at his near post – three times! Couldn’t get a palm on Suarez’s first-half header. The Manchester City goalkeeper was beaten by the Liverpool striker in the second half, too, as he went down rather early. 5

Leighton Baines It was a much-improved performance from Baines, who spent less time defending and more time charging forward. The Everton defender’s set-piece delivery caused problems, too. 7

Gary Cahill The Chelsea man was England’s best defender, although that isn’t saying too much after an uncomfortable 90 minutes for Hodgson’s back four. 7

Phil Jagielka The Everton centre-half didn’t look comfortable against the menace of Suarez, resulting in a number of sloppy mistakes. He was caught out by Cavani’s cross which resulted in Suarez’s winner. 5

Glen Johnson The right-back remains one of the weak-links in Roy Hodgson’s England side. Continues to carry his poor Liverpool form into the World Cup. After a number of inept forward runs, Johnson’s persistence paid dividends as he teed up Rooney. 6

Steven Gerrard Proved a danger from set-pieces, finding Rooney with a wickedly curling free-kick. Lost possession in the lead up to Suarez’s opening goal but did make some important defensive blocks. Inadvertently teed up his Liverpool team-mate for the winner to cap what has been a disappointing end to his season. 5

Jordan Henderson The Liverpool midfielder was quiet in the first half, but it was Henderson’s burst in the 54th minute that led to Rooney’s chance, with Muslera blocking the striker’s effort. Outshone Gerrard in the England midfield. 7

Raheem Sterling The 19-year-old wasn’t as effective on the right wing after starring against Italy. When Sterling finally managed to beat a couple of defenders, he ran out of gas. 6

Wayne Rooney The Manchester United striker came close to breaking the deadlock with a 10th-minute free-kick which flashed past Muslera’s right post. The 28-year-old came even closer as he crashed a header against the crossbar in the 32nd minute. Missed a great second-half chance before ending his wait for a World Cup goal to give England late hope. 7

Danny Welbeck Spent most of the first half tracking back and protecting Baines. Did show a turn of speed to get to the Uruguay byline but unable to provide a final ball. 5

Daniel Sturridge Brilliant flick to release Welbeck down the left wing. Couldn’t find Rooney with a low cross in the second half. The Liverpool striker was poor in the first half but manufactured space for Johnson to cross for Rooney. Drew a save from the Uruguay goalkeeper shortly after as he experienced a surge in confidence. 6

Substitutes

Ross Barkley Couldn’t have the magical impact that so many England supporters hope for. 5

Adam Lallana N/A

Rickie Lambert N/A

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