Featured Matches
Previous
Manchester City
Liverpool
0
0
LIVE 13'
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
1
3
FT
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
0
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
4
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Steaua Bucuresti
2
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
SV Salzburg
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Apoel Nicosia
2
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
0
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Partizan Belgrade
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Panathinaikos
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
AaB
Dinamo Zagreb
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
4
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
1
3
FT
Game Details
Chesterfield
Aston Villa
3
1
FT
Game Details
Hartlepool United
Middlesbrough
0
2
FT
Game Details
Walsall
Leicester City
2
3
FT
Game Details
York City
Nottingham Forest
1
2
FT
Game Details
Bury
Blackburn Rovers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Chester City
Tranmere Rovers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Charlton Athletic
0
0
FT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town
1
2
FT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bolton Wanderers
1
2
FT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United
0
1
FT
Game Details
Southend United
Queens Park Rangers
0
0
FT
Game Details
St Neots Town
Luton XI
0
0
FT
Game Details
DC United
Toronto FC
1
0
LIVE 16'
Game Details
New England
Colorado
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago
Vancouver Whitecaps
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
ESPN2 1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Bolívar
San Lorenzo
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 5
Game Details
At. San Luis
Santos
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Toluca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Oaxaca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Dorados de Sinaloa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Puebla
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Atlante
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Novo Hamburgo
ABC
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
CR Vasco da Gama
AA Ponte Preta
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Bragantino
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Internacional
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Manchester City
Liverpool
0
0
LIVE 13'
Game Details
Los Caimanes
César Vallejo
1
0
FT
Game Details
UTC
Juan Aurich
3
1
FT
Game Details
Universitario de Deportes
Real Garcilaso
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
0
1
FT
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Antigua
Municipal
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
FC Kansas City
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Seattle Reign FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Duarte: Dunga's return is complicated

Brazil Jul 21, 2014
Read
Jun 19, 2014

Three Points: Uruguay defeat England

The partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani was too much for England to manage.

SAO PAULO -- Three quick thoughts about Uruguay's win over England in Group D.

1. The benefit of a two-man strike force

Uruguay's injured captain, Diego Lugano, said he dreamed about Luis Suarez returning to play for his country against England. He knew Suarez -- even a Suarez coming back from injury -- could be the difference in a crucial game.

Suarez couldn't have been fully fit but has a precedent for returning from an absence into immediate form. After his five-month biting ban, he returned with 19 goals in his first 13 games last autumn. The Liverpool striker doesn't need time to get back into the groove, nor did he look rusty as Uruguay began with an impetus lacking in their shock opening defeat against Costa Rica.

UruguayUruguay
EnglandEngland
2
1
ESPN, ESPN3 FT
Match 23
Game Details

Suarez's low crosses, from play or corners, troubled his opponents far more than the flurry of first-half corners which England pitched high into the Uruguay box. Twice Joe Hart was caught out at the near post.

Marshaled by Diego Godin, Uruguay's defenders worked like their lives depended on it, soaking up England's greater possession. They also boasted a more dangerous front pairing.

When the tireless Edinson Cavani crafted, grafted and combined well with Suarez for the opening goal, it was the work of two world-class attackers with an experience of multiple games together at the highest level. England couldn't match their quality. Cavani's cross was exquisite in finding Suarez, the header a blow to an England team who'd showed attacking intent. His killer second destroyed the dreams of the country where he earns his living.

It's a shame that FIFA don't allows supporters to hang their flags from the stands, a tradition that adds colour. In a skit on the British national anthem, a "God Save Suarez" flag in English was held up among the home fans, plus a "God Save the King" banner accompanied by an image of their main man. He proved that beyond doubt in a murky Sao Paulo.

2. Demographics

For all the navel-gazing about another England failure in a tournament, all the suggestions that England should go back to basics or revolutionise the way football is coached in the country, remember this: Uruguay's population is 3.2 million, England's 53 million.

Every single Uruguay player in their starting XI on Thursday plays his football abroad, while all 11 England players are at home, playing for major clubs in a league which markets itself as the greatest in the world. The economics that dictate that also encourage an inward-looking mentality lacking international experience.

It won't be much consolation, but Uruguay's players were speaking glowingly of England's young attackers in private before the teams met in the Arena do Sao Paulo. They wouldn't have said that four years ago in South Africa when England's national team were the recipients of a level of support far beyond what the negative tactics of the team deserved. England had four times as many supporters as Germany in Bloemfontein for a game in which they were destroyed 4-1. With elimination, the enthusiasm, expectation and number of travelling supporters shrunk.

The number of travellers at Euro 2012 was a fraction of the potential. England used to expect, but the expectations surrounding the team in Brazil were minimal. Maybe that helped lift the pressure off the team, and there were glimpses from the young attackers in Manaus of a brighter England, but against Uruguay they were undone by a world-class pairing. And now they're all but out of the World Cup, having lost their opening two matches.

Uruguay, a country of 3 million, has two world-class players who have to traverse the globe to play almost every single international; England does not have one.

England are facing an early end to their tournament after suffering their second loss.

3. Incidents galore

Whenever the two giant screens in the corners of the Arena de Sao Paulo replayed key events -- a fan-friendly initiative so those actually at the game weren't at a disadvantage to those watching on television -- the near-misses were accompanied by a giant whoosh from the stands.

There were a lot of whooshes in this Group D game. Whooshes in the first half, whooshes from a crowd made up of Brazilians, England fans and a majority of Uruguay fans -- a rarity, for they usually revel in the role of undersupported underdog.

There were whooshes as the ball pinged back and forth like a pinball in a scrappy, high-tempo game between two sides fighting for their lives. The accuracy was seldom there in front of goal, even if the desire was.

Those fans weren't just making a noise to keep themselves warm as an uncustomary chill hit. It was a game packed with incident as deficiencies were exposed, mostly in midfield, where England especially looked mediocre. For their moments of class, both teams had periods where they looked incapable, their own worst enemies, where defenders cleared balls clumsily.

The plentiful action in front of both goals livened up a cold, damp evening, like a dull October day in northern England, a harbinger of darker times and an unforgiving winter. Defeat spelt darkness for both sides, a scenario they both looked like they were avoiding until Suarez's 84th-minute winner.

England simply didn't have an equivalent player with the killer instinct. Wayne Rooney may earn more than the Liverpool striker, but the Manchester United striker doesn't possess the same quality as his rival. And neither did his team.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.