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Watch: Luis Suarez v. England

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Liverpool's two star strikers faced off on Thursday evening, and while Daniel Sturridge was impressive in his own right, Luis Suarez stole the show with a match-winning display.

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It wasn't a perfect performance by any stretch. Not fully fit and clearly rusty, Luis Suarez looked off the pace at times and had a heavy touch, and on a number of occasions he was unusually wasteful. He was also the match-winner and inspiration for a Uruguay side that looked lost without him against Costa Rica, scoring both goals in a narrow 2-1 win that served to eliminate England from the tournament.

Hyped as an all-Liverpool matchup, both sides delivered, but as is so often the case with Suarez, his contributions were most telling. Most everything going forward for the Uruguayans was organized around the Liverpool man, who had a handful of good chances and nearly scored from two different corners. His goals were both well-taken; the first was the more technically impressive of the two, as he adjusted his body mid-air to head an Edinson Cavani cross past Joe Hart. The second was vintage opportunism as he latched onto an errant flick-on by Steven Gerrard, composed himself, and blasted through Hart for the winner before he was carried off with cramps minutes later.

Now, the formula for Uruguay is simple--beat Italy or go home. With Suarez back and providing the inspiration, that seems a real possibility.


Video by MrBoywunder