Friday, 20 June 2014

England's World Cup hopes hang by a thread after 2-1 loss to Uruguay

England, Uruguay, World Cup, World Cup 2014, Brazil, Sao Paulo

 ENGLAND will be hoping for other teams to falter to see them progress out of the World Cup group stages after losing 2-1 to Uruguay last night.
Hopes were raised of the Three Lions getting their first points in Brazil after Wayne Rooney equalised on 75 minutes after Luis Suarez's first half goal. To imagine some friends of mine placed bets on England that they will win, wow i can only imagine, how they feel at the moment.

But the Liverpool striker broke British hearts when he pounced on a back header from his Premier League team-mate Steven Gerrard to score on 84 minutes.

The result in Sao Paulo means England need Italy to beat Costa Rica today to keep their slim hopes of reaching the knockout states alive - if they draw the Three Lions are knocked out.


Roy Hodgson's side then need to comfortably beat Costa Rica and hope the Azzurri beat Uruguay in the final games of Group D.

England defender Phil Jagielka described their second loss in Brazil as "gutting".

Speaking to ITV after the match, the 31-year-old said: "It is gutting. We played so well in spells but things didn't go our way. Steve Gerrard flicked the ball on, Suarez was onside and you hope he mis-hits one but he finds the target and he wins the game.

"It is a similar story to Italy, we played pretty well but not good enough. We are very disappointed as defenders, that is the last thing you want to see from a punt down the field. Everyone is absolutely devastated in there.

"We had them on the back foot after we scored. There is a small chance still. We have to go out there against Costa Rica and put in a good performance and come away with something."

The defeat saw celebrities and football fans flocking to Twitter to vent their frustration at the blow to England's World Cup hopes.

Journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: "Suarez is a sensational striker, but our defending against him has been woeful all night. #ENGvURU."

TV presenter Phillip Schofield tweeted: "Well I'm having a bloody drink!!!! Damn damn damn and damn again".

Lord Alan Sugar asked his Twitter followers: "Will Suarez be welcomed back by the English fans to the UK at the start of the PL season."

While cheeky Italian striker Mario Balotelli tweeted: "If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen."

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