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  • Suarez gives Uruguay win over England

  • SAO PAULO — Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday to revive Uruguay's World Cup campaign and cap a remarkable recovery.
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  • SAO PAULO — Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday to revive Uruguay's World Cup campaign and cap a remarkable recovery.
    But it meant even more than that to the Liverpool player. Vilified after being banned by the English Football Association for racially abusing one opponent and biting another in two separate incidents in the Premier League, Suarez seemed to revel in inflicting England's second successive loss in Brazil.
    "I dreamt this," Suarez said at the Itaquerao Stadium. "I'm enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go."
    English hopes of advancing from Group D to the round of 16 are now in real jeopardy after the team's worst World Cup start in more than half a century. While England is stuck on zero points, Uruguay is off the mark after Suarez made an instant impact on his return from surgery.
    "Before the game, too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years," Suarez said. "This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now."
    Of Uruguay's six efforts on target, five were from Suarez — including the two that beat goalkeeper Joe Hart as England's slack defending was exploited.
    Suarez headed Uruguay in front before halftime and, after seeing his opener canceled out by Wayne Rooney's first-ever World Cup goal, lashed in the winner in the 85th minute.
    "It's a demonstration of my strength," Suarez said. "There were many doubts about my physical condition, but ... in these games, I can be brave and show courage."
    Having also lost against Italy, England now faces the prospect of not advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1958.
    "We are a team that is making progress but results decide everything and both results have been negative," coach Roy Hodgson said.
    "Our chances (of progressing) are unbelievably slim," added Hodgson, who is relying on Italy to beat Costa Rica today and Uruguay on Tuesday.
    Group D leader Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay all have three points.
    Colombia 2, Ivory Coast 1
    At Brasilia, Brazil, starved of the World Cup action for 16 years, Colombia — and its fanatical traveling supporters — are certainly making the most of being back on football's biggest stage.
    Driven on by a partisan pro-Colombian crowd that turned the Estadio Nacional into a sea of yellow, the South Americans scored through James Rodriguez and substitute Juan Quintero in a devastating six-minute spell in the second half to beat Ivory Coast.
    A second victory in Group C, following a 3-0 win over Greece, leaves Colombia on the verge of qualifying for a place in the last 16. Since 1998, every team that has earned six points in the group stage has advanced.
    "We have had two wins with players who are playing their first World Cup," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. "We're happy to have defeated such a good opponent. We have a lot of young players, and this is going to help them grow."
    Known for his midfield artistry, playmaker Rodriguez showed his prowess in the air by getting clear of Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba — again only used as a substitute — at a corner to head in Colombia's opener in the 64th minute, lighting up a disappointing match.
    The celebrations had hardly died down among the vast hordes of Colombia supporters by the time a defensive mistake by Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die allowed Teofilo Gutierrez to play in Quintero, and the midfielder slotted home a low finish.
    Ivory Coast replied with a brilliant 73rd-minute solo goal by Gervinho, his second of the World Cup, but couldn't find a second despite a strong finish. The Ivorians remain on three points after their 2-1 opening win over Japan.
    Japan 0, Greece 0
    At Natal, Brazil, reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a draw with Japan 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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