In a dramatic encounter, both sides had looked doomed on several occasions as Luis Suarez's goal left England looking shorn of ideas, but after Wayne Rooney scored his first ever World Cup goal to restore parity, Uruguay looked all at sea and certain to concede another. But a slip from Steven Gerrard, with shades of the last title race, let Suarez in to smash the winner past Joe Hart minutes from the end of time.
The first half was mostly a cagey affair with both sides looking afraid to make an error that could see their side likely crash out of the World Cup.
The two sides exchanged near misses early when Rooney first whistled a free-kick narrowly over the bar before Cristian Rodriguez hit a piledriver that whistled past Joe Hart and the woodwork. But the biggest chance was yet to come, with a Steven Gerrard free-kick finding Rooney at the back post only for the beleaguered striker to somehow nod it onto the bar from point-blank range.
England were soon made to pay for their error too as Uruguay took the lead midway through the first half. Nicolas Lodeiro easily escaped Gerrard's feeble challenge before passing to Edinson Cavani, who found Suarez in the area to head past Hart and stun England, who had been on top.
The second half began with a flurry of chances as Suarez forced a fine save from Joe Hart before Cavani missed a sitter after firing wide while in space in the area. England came close themselves after Rooney did well to bring the ball down in the area, but his effort was far too close to Fernando Muslera.
England were putting in a miserable performance, but against the run of play found themselves level. Glen Johnson embarked on a fine run down the right and played a perfect centre for Rooney, who had a simple tap-in to draw his side level.
Uruguay were all over the place in the minutes following the goal, and Sturridge went close twice as it appeared certain that England would find a second. Yet the South Americans soon regained their composure, and disaster struck England for a second time.
A slip from Gerrard let in Suarez, and he smashed the ball past Hart from a tight angle to all but doom England to a group stage exit.
30' ROONEY MISS - Wayne Rooney has a great chance as Steven Gerrard lifts a free-kick to the back post, but he can't quite jump high enough and hits the bar from point-blank range.
38' SUAREZ GOAL - Nicolas Lodeiro escapes from Gerrard and feeds Edinson Cavani, who dinks in the ball for Suarez to nod across goal and into the net, and England are left reeling.
52' CAVANI MISS - Cavani has a chance to bury England, but after receiving the ball in space he blazes it wide.
75' ROONEY GOAL - Wayne Rooney scores his first ever World Cup goal by getting on the end of Glen Johnson's centre after a fine run from the Liverpool right-back.
85' SUAREZ GOAL - A horrible moment for Gerrard, whose mistake lets Suarez in to fire a rocket past Hart from a tight angle, proving to be the winner for Uruguay.
Were England over-hyped again? England's only decent spells at this tournament have come when chasing the game against Italy, a side that defends deep, and for five minutes after Rooney's goal against Uruguay. On both times, despite their attacking play being heralded, they have created few chances against limited defences and scored only two goals. By anyone's standards, it's been a miserable performance.
England are winless against Uruguay at the World Cup, losing twice (in 1954, 4-2 & in 2014, 2-1) and drawing the other.
Uruguay’s victory against England ended a run of 15 matches without a win against European opposition at the World Cup (D6 L9).
Wayne Rooney scored his first World Cup goal for England, ending a run of 759 minutes without finding the back of the net.
Wayne Rooney has now tied with Michael Owen on 40 goals for England, making him the joint fourth top scorer.
Edinson Cavani has played a part in three of Uruguay’s last five World Cup goals (two goals, one assist).
Luis Suarez has scored five times in seven World Cup appearances.
Uruguay had two shots on target in this match, and scored with both.
England have conceded eight goals in their last three World Cup games, as many as the previous 14 games combined.
England have lost their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time in their history.
Roy Hodgson has lost his last four games at the World Cup, two with Switzerland and two with England.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) - The Uruguay forward hadn't done much else but he did the damage with two excellent goals that came at exactly the right time. He had been criticised for not scoring against the best teams - whether this is much of a redemption or simply confirms England's lesser status is debatable.
England: Hart 7, Johnson 7, Jagielka 5, Cahill 6, Baines 6, Gerrard 3, Henderson 5, Welbeck 5, Rooney 6, Sterling 6, Sturridge 4. Subs: Barkley 5, Lallana 5, Lambert 6.
Uruguay: Muslera 7, Caceres 6, Godin 4, Gimenez 8, Pereira 7, Gonzalez 6, Rios 6, Rodriguez 6, Lodeiro 7, Cavani 5, Suarez 9. Subs: Stuani 6, Fucile 6, Coates 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Luis Suarez
- Wayne Rooney
- Steven Gerrard
- Edinson Cavani