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Uruguay 2 - England 1

Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

19/06/14, 8pm


Uruguay 2 England 1

England stand on the brink of being knocked out of the world cup at the group stages, it is definitely out of our hands after Uruguay beat us 2-1 in Sao Paulo.

I did not see the game, well much of it as I had to work - I can only basically go on what limit I did see, hear and then catch after the event but I think the facts of the matter are we were again found out by our defensive frailties an inability to make more of attacking chances also hurt us.

This was never going to be an easy game, or an easy group, but defending as we have will always make it harder!

In a nutshell defensively, like I said, we were poor and there were not too many positive things to come out of this game with our 'good players' failing to deliver.

Arguably the difference was Suarez, players of his ability will take the chances they get and he took the first just before half time. They got a bit fortunate in midfield when the ball worked its way forward but there was nothing fortunate about what came next with our defending helping them out.

Johnson needed to get much tighter to his man, and show him 'down the outside' but he gave him time and space to cross, granted this was a fine delivery and Suarez still had plenty to do but Jagielka let him go and Baines did not cover.

We had gone close with a Rooney freekick, then Rooney hit the bar before the Uruguay game - after it Sturridge forced the goalie into a save but it was comfortable.

Early in the second half Uruguay were all over us, they could and probably should have had at least one more goal but we weathered a storm and created some chances of our own as we came back into the game.

Rooney had a great chance before a move that he started was also finished by him.

I had already returned to work before we equalised, but I knew we had as you heard the roar.

Skilful play from Sturridge, who has shown lots of that but at times his decision making or final ball has not been quite right. This time it was as he skilfully got himself into a good position to feed in Johnson down the right who got into the box to cross to Rooney who tapped him to make it one-one.

Should England stick or twist?

A chance for Sturridge forced another save from the goalie before once again poor, poor defensive play allowed Uruguay in and Suarez was the man in and he does not pass by such chances.

A long ball forward from the goalie should never have got through to Suarez but it did and he thumped home what proved to be the winner.

Not much of a report, but I do not have much to work on and cannot bring myself to sitting through the 90-minutes knowing the result and seeing limited bits that I did.

We need a minor miracle now, Italy must beat Costa Rica and Uruguay then we have to no two ways about it beat Costa Rica, and probably quite heavily...

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Writer: Rug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 20 2014

Time: 12:07AM


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