Thursday, 19 June 2014

Adios England: Agony and despair as Uruguay's 2-1 victory destroys virtually any hope of going through to the next stage of World Cup


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  • In a tight and nervy first half, England went behind to a Luis Suarez goal
  • Then, on 75 minutes, Wayne Rooney drew the Three Lions level
  • But on 85 minutes Liverpool striker Suarez pounced to break English hearts
  • Before the match a Brazilian mob attacked England flags outside a bar 
  • Police were called and swooped on the gang who immediately tried to flee
  • Officers in Sao Paulo rounded up the suspects and have detained the
  • Match drew an estimated TV audience of some 20 million people at home
England's World Cup dreams are in tatters tonight after they were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in their crucial group match in Brazil.

In a tight and nervy match, the massed ranks of England fans gathered in Sao Paulo and watching at home were put through the mill again. And, after so many years of despair, the result was not good.

The Three Lions went behind to a Luis Suarez header before Wayne Rooney sparked joy and hope among his side's watching fans with an equaliser. In the crowd, Rooney's wife Coleen and son Kai, four, cheered on.

Then, on 85 minutes the pantomime villain Suarez pounced to break English hearts. The little Uruguayan, who plays his club football in England for Liverpool, had been booed by England fans every time he touched the ball.

Disappointment: Two England fans react to their team losing to Uruguay during their 2014 World Cup
Disappointment: Two England fans react to their team losing to Uruguay during their 2014 World Cup
Agony: England captain Steven Gerrard at the final whistle as his team go down against Uruguay
Agony: England captain Steven Gerrard at the final whistle as his team go down against Uruguay
Not again: An England fan reacts at the end of the team's 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Uruguay
Not again: An England fan reacts at the end of the team's 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Uruguay
Uruguay fans celebrate as Luis Suarez scores their first goal against England as seen on the screen set up at Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach
Uruguay fans celebrate as Luis Suarez scores their first goal against England as seen on the screen set up at Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach
Uruguay's Luis Suarez (centre) celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the Group D match
Uruguay's Luis Suarez (centre) celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the Group D match
Depending on the result involving Italy and Costa Rica tomorrow, England may now face the ignominy of playing what is effectively a meaningless 'dead rubber' game against Costa Rica on Tuesday next week.

Before kick-off, trouble flared when a group of innocent fans drinking at a bar in Sao Paulo were attacked by a hooded mob of thugs who threw Molotov cocktails, bottles and fireworks.
 
It came after louts – many of them dressed in black - ripped up England flags outside a bar before the match. Police were called and swooped on the gang who immediately tried to flee the area before being rounded up.

Early reports suggested that at least 10 England fans had to receive hospital treatment after the bar ambush.
The three lions: Agony and tension as England go behind. No ecstasy yet, will England roar?
The three lions: Agony and tension as England go behind. No ecstasy yet, will England roar?
Tense: England fans are put through the mill again in Sao Paulo against Uruguay
Tense: England fans are put through the mill again in Sao Paulo against Uruguay
Battling on: Wayne Rooney of England falls into the net after his header went off the crossbar
Battling on: Wayne Rooney of England falls into the net after his header went off the crossbar

Coleen Rooney with son Kai, four, at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, watching England play Uruguay
Coleen Rooney with son Kai, four, at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, watching England play Uruguay

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