ANALYSIS Uruguay were a disaster in their opening game against Costa Rica and today we all found out why – Luis Suarez wasn’t in the side. There were shades of Maradona in his performance, first meeting a brilliantly lofted ball with an outstanding header and then a killer conversion just as England were beginning to dominate after Rooney had stepped in an equaliser. Suarez’s second goal was perhaps his best because it came from nothing – it was pure anticipation, expecting the ball to come and getting into the right place to sink a hapless England.
Uruguay didn’t give England the luxury of playing freely like Italy had done in the first game and that approach worked for them for most of the first half, but it wasn’t until a moment of magic from Suarez that they looked like winning.
In the second half, Uruguay had several chances – including Suarez catching Joe Hart off his goal line for a second time off a corner – but as long as there was only a single goal between the two England were in with a chance.
Trouble is, as Balotelli showed at Manaus, and Suarez did here at Sao Paulo, class counts – and England’s overpaid Premier League players just don’t cut it on the international stage.