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World Cup Round-up: Uruguay gives England the boot

World Cup Round-up: Uruguay gives England the boot

Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring 2-1 during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Michael Sohn

Suarez gives Uruguay 2-1 win over England
ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

SAO PAULO (AP) — Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury.

The striker lashed in the winner in the 85th minute in the Group D match after seeing his first-half opener canceled out by Wayne Rooney.

Suarez, who hadn’t played for more than a month after undergoing knee surgery, is the Uruguay player who knows this England side best, having played for Liverpool for more than three years.

And by taking his World Cup tally to five goals, Suarez took the gloss off Rooney finally scoring his first on football’s biggest stage at his third tournament.

Rooney tapped the ball home from close range in the 75th minute after connecting with Glen Johnson’s pass.

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Columbia holds off Ivory Coast

2014 FIFA World Cup - Group C match, Ivory Coast v ColombiaJames Rodríguez & Juan Guillermo Cuadrado celebrate after Columbia goal versus the Ivory Coast in World Cup play. June 19, 2014. WENN.com

UNDATED (AP) — Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup and move to the brink of the knockout stage. It marks the first time the Colombians have won two matches in a single World Cup.

A point against Japan in its third game will definitely seal qualification for Colombia.

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Scoreless draw keeps Japan and Greece alive
JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer
NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that keeps both alive in Group C and sends rival Colombia to the next round of the World Cup.

Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the goal was survival and both did that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.

Once Katsouaranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Greece surrendered three goals in a loss to Colombia, but even short-handed was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.
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