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It was a frustrating night for Luis Suarez and Uruguay, but the striker's admirable perseverance still led to chances that on another night would have seen them defeat the defending World Cup champions.

Julian Finney

It may not have been the best of nights for Uruguay, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and striker Edinson Cavani having especially hard times of it at either end of the pitch as they took on defending World Cup champions Spain. Even Luis Suarez struggled at times on a tough night, though in the end his admirable perseverance is what stood out more than a few misplaced passes.

That perseverance meant that despite his struggles at times, Suarez still set up a trio of chances for his teammates that probably should have seen Uruguay on their way to a comfortable victory. In particular, a pair of passes that put Cavani clear on goal only to have the Napoli striker's touch fail him stand out as the kind of imporant contribution Suarez can make even when he's not at his best.

His increasingly desperate attempts to influence the game may not have always come off, but for long stretches he was the only player causing Spain's defenders any kind of trouble. For long stretches, he was Uruguay's attack. Hopefully on Monday when he's back with Liverpool, Suarez will get a little more help from his teammates.

Video by MrBoywunder