Luis Suarez Uruguay
Luis Suarez is in disbelief after scoring the winner against England, 19 JuneReuters

Luis Suarez, what a player he is – always steps up on the big stage, always scores brilliant goals, and always, always, makes a big difference to his team, be that Uruguay or Liverpool.

England were wary of the threat posed by the returning Suarez, and those fears were realised, and how, with that enigmatic, unstoppable, irresistible striker scoring both goals in Uruguay's enthralling 2-1 win over England.

The two brilliant strikes from Uruguay's main man, playing his first game after surgery on his knee, brings his team right back into contention in Group D, while England, after suffering their second straight defeat, are now staring at an early exit from the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Suarez opened the scoring for Uruguay with a wonderful header, before Wayne Rooney broke his World Cup duck late in the second half to seemingly give England at least a point. However, Suarez would stab at the heart of the country that he plays his club football in, smashing home the winner with five minutes to go to give Uruguay a famous victory.

It was an interesting first half, with both teams' desperation to score the first goal and grab the advantage quite clear for everyone to see.

England made the faster start, with their two best chances falling to Wayne Rooney, still pressing on gamely for that first World Cup goal. The England striker should have easily buried one, while you would have banked him to score the other as well, in anything but an England shirt.

The first chance that Rooney missed by the closest of margins was from a freekick, with the Manchester United superstar gliding his shot from 20 yards inches wide of the post, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera well and truly beaten.

The second opportunity was a chance that Rooney will still be thinking and wondering just how he actually failed to find the net, with the England man heading onto the post from a yard out off a perfect corner from Steven Gerrard.

At the other end, Uruguay, with five changes to their team from the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, came close on a couple of occasions as well, with Cristian Rodriguez whistling a shot from distance centimetres over the crossbar, while Edinson Cavani did the same off a nicely worked corner.

Both teams looked decent going forward, even if England's attacking quartet, especially Raheem Sterling was nowhere near as effective, but there was just that feeling that it was going to be Luis Suarez, quite quiet for large parts of the first half, unable to take advantage of a nervous-looking England defence, that would make the difference.

The magic moment came in the 39th minute, with Suarez scoring a goal of pure quality, making an astute header look easier than a tap-in. Cavani was the provider, playing in a perfect cross, just over the head of Phil Jagielka, for Suarez to coolly guide the ball in across Joe Hart with a twist of his head.

England would have been expected to take the game to Uruguay in the second half, but it was the South Americans that turned the screw, looking to finish the game off early. Suarez nearly caught Joe Hart out at the near post with an intelligent corner, the kind that only Suarez can provide, and one that he had attempted in the first half as well.

The chances just kept coming for Uruguay in the first five minutes of the second 45, with Suarez again finding himself in space inside the box, but uncharacteristically firing well wide. Cavani then had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0, but the striker fired his shot wide when one-on-one with Hart, as England found themselves on the ropes, with little hope of fighting their way out.

That way out nearly came in the shape of Rooney again, but try as he might he just cannot score a goal at the World Cup, with Muslera repelling the Englishman's strike from ten yards out off a wonderful cross from Leighton Baines.

While there was a sense of inevitability about Suarez making his mark on the game, there was also that subplot involving Rooney. Three times he had tried and not succeeded, with each shot coming closer than before. Rooney would not be denied a fourth time, though.

Daniel Sturridge showed some wonderful close control to work some room for himself on the right, before slipping in the marauding Glen Johnson, who did extremely well to poke the ball across goal for Rooney to tap-in at the far post on 75 minutes. The celebrations showed exactly how much the goal, his first in the World Cup finals, meant to Rooney.

England now suddenly sensed a victory, with Sturridge coming close, forcing a good save from Muslera, as the game was poised tantalisingly with a little over ten minutes to go.

Suarez, like he so often does, would have the final say. A routine long ball from Muslera, took a nick off the head of Gerrard, with the ball falling perfectly for his Liverpool teammate Suarez, who obviously did only one thing, thump it into the back of the net.

Roy Hodgson sent in Rickie Lambert in desperation, but it was not enough to deny Uruguay and Suarez their moment of glory.