2014 World Cup
Uruguay v England in pictures
Publish Date: Jun 20, 2014
Uruguay v England in pictures
Uruguayan fans hold a replica of the World Cup trophy before a Group D football match between Uruguay and England at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on Thursday. PHOTO/AFP
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Pictures from the World Cup game between Uruguay and England which left England on the brink of elimination after defeat.

(All photos by AFP)

The fans of Uruguay were in full spirits as they watched on a giant screen at Montevideo's main avenue 18 de Julio as their side faced off with England in a crucial World Cup game.

The proceedings on the pitch were tight as each side tried to wrestle down its opponent. England's defender Leighton Baines (C) found himself vying with Uruguay's defender Martin Caceres and Uruguay's midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez.

England's goalkeeper Joe Hart was drawn out of his comfort zones many a time during the encounter, including this aerial save to keep the ball from flying past him.

But despite his efforts, Hart saw the ball float past him courtesy of the talismanic Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for the game's opener in the first half.

And England fans watched in disbelief as one of the finest footballers in the English Premier League, Liverpool's Suarez, punish their national side.

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo handled matters on the pitch, and he sure had a busy night inside the fully packed Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez (left) and his opposite number Roy Hodgson of England closely monitored their teams along the sidelines.

So tight was this game that it saw Uruguay's midfielder Cristian Rodriguez in a close chase with England's midfielder Raheem Sterling.

In the run-up to the game, England striker Wayne Rooney felt the overwhelming pressure of having never scored a World Cup finals goal ever.

Then his moment of magic came in the 75th minute when he tapped in his first ever World Cup finals goal and England's equalizer of the night.

And his teammate midfielder Ross Barkley joined him in celebration . . .

But it was not over yet. The match was definitely not over just yet. England's forward Rickie Lambert (L) struggled with Uruguay's defender Diego Godin in a heated game.

Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, meanwhile, was forced into an aerial challenge for the ball with England's defender Phil Jagielka looking lethal.

What a close call! Rooney could have doubled the scoreline for England had he reached out for this floater of a ball.

That challenge sure sent him tumbling onto the ground, getting him caught in the net. He failed to fish out a goal though!

What a miss! Oh yes, that should have been a goal, and these passionate England fans knew that.

As the game drew ever closer to the 90-mark, there was a dash for a winner, and every single player on that pitch made a run for it.

Then came that very moment every Uruguayan fan had prayed for, and every England fan went on to dread in this contest. Again, it was none other than the most obvious of all sources. LOUIS SUAREZ! Second goal for the night for the brilliant attacker.

That wonder goal in the 85th minute was a huge blow to England's chances of moving on to the next stage of the World Cup finals.

Suarez was a few minutes later stretchered off the turf, but luckily for Uruguay (and unfortunately for England) he had made his mark at the time it mattered most.

Final score: Uruguay 2 England 1.
While Rooney exchanged jerseys with Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani on one side of the pitch . . .

. .  . on the other end, Suarez consoled his Liverpool teammate and England captain Steven Gerrard after the final whistle.

Meanwhile, it was party time for Uruguayan fans while their English counterparts (mostly the optimistic ones) will be closely watching Friday's game between Italy and Costa Rica, hoping that the Italians do them a favor and beat their opponents.

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