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Rooney finally scores

Rasneel Kumar
Saturday, June 21, 2014

FINALLY, Wayne Rooney got his first World Cup goal!

His celebration must have turned sour after Luis Suarez blasted home the winner to keep Uruguay's hope alive in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay's 2-1 win over England in Group D fixture in Sao Paulo yesterday has left the latter with a slim chance of making the knockout stages. But compared to Uruguay, the English may have a better chance.

Uruguay's final match will be against the in-form Italy while England will play "surprise package" Costa Rica.

Super Suarez, who missed the opener against Costa Rica, made his presence felt in his first 2014 World Cup match after heading his team into lead in the 39th minute.

It was again the mistake of England defenders as they left a prolific finisher like Suarez unmarked to do the damage.

They did the same against Italy and Mario Balotelli punished them for that mistake.

The second goal was another class play from the Uruguay midfield which found Suarez free who blasted the winner in the 85th minute.

Suarez as predicted by many football pundits is on track to finishing high in this World Cup. He doesn't seem to be 100 percent fit yet but that doesn't stop him from doing what he does the best — scoring goals.

England, just like against Italy, displayed a much better performance but failed in the final phase of play.

Rooney had two excellent opportunities, one denied by the crossbar and other stopped by the goalkeeper. He has been a disappointment so far in the tournament.

In numbers, England took 13 shots to Uruguay's 10, eight of which were on target.

The Roy Hodgson-managed side also dominated possession on 62 per cent but failed to deliver like they always do.

On the lighter note, here are some players that are playing in the World Cup sporting funky hairstyle from ABC:

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) — The 26-year-old Belgian plays for English club Manchester United. On Tuesday, he scored the first goal for Belgium in their 2-1 victory against Algeria minutes after coming off the bench in the second half.

Auturo Vidal (Chile) — Arturo Vidal, 27, was a key player who supported the 2-0 upset victory against Spain on Wednesday. He plays for Italian team Juventus.

Raul Meireles (Portugal) — Raul Meireles, 31, of Portugal plays for Turkish club Fenerbahce. In addition to his bushy beard and arms covered in tattoos, Meireles also sports a full-length tattoo on his right leg. His right stem includes a panorama of three women, a rose on his knee, a pocket watch, a microphone and musical notes.

Paul Pogba (France) — Paul Pogba, 21, plays for Italian club Juventus. His French teammates advised him to stay calm, the BBC reported, after an incident while his team played Honduras on Sunday. He received a yellow card after reacting to a provocation by Honduran player Wilson Palacios. In the end, France won 3-0.

David Luiz (Brazil) — David Luiz Moreira Marinho, 27, known simply as David Luiz, is vice-captain for Brazil's national team. He will play for French club Paris Saint-Germain this upcoming season after leaving Chelsea.


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