A Luis Suarez brace has given Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England in Sao Paulo this morning and have all but ended the Three Lions chances of progressing to the second round of the 2014 World Cup.
There was plenty of speculation over whether Uruguayan Manager Oscar Tabarez would risk Suarez in the match win clash, after the Liverpool striker had surgery on his knee a month ago, but his decision to play the superstar played dividends.
Uruguay looked like a completely different side with Suarez in starting 11 and the under pressure English defense did not look comfortable in the early stages of the contest.
England came out of the gates strongly in their opening clash with Italy last Sunday, but struggled to get into a rhythm early against Uruguay and consistent turnovers in defense gave their opponents plenty of opportunities to get forward on the counter attack.
It was Wayne Rooney that looked the most dangerous for England in attack and he had an excellent opportunity to score his maiden World Cup goal and put his side in front, but he headed a Steven Gerrard free kick into the corner of the bar.
England were made to pay for the missed opportunity less than eight minutes later when a brilliant Cavani cross was capitalized on by Suarez; with the Uruguayan striker showing all his class with a professional finish.
Uruguay were almost able to extend their lead through Suarez in the opening minutes of the second half and Cavani missed a golden opportunity that was gifted to him by the English defense a few minutes later.
England finally started to gain some momentum in attack after the Cavani miss and Daniel Sturridge started to trouble the Uruguayan defense, but lacked the finish polish to get his side back in the game.
After a number of chances, Rooney finally got his moment in a World Cup tournament and took advantage of a Glen Johnson cross to score one of the most meaningful goals of his football career.
Uruguay came out of their shells after conceding the English goal and it took them less than ten minutes to find the winner; with Suarez taking advantage of a mistake from his Liverpool teammate Gerrard to put Uruguay back in front.
Rickie Lambert finally got his opportunity for England in the 87th minute, but it was too little too late for England and Uruguay were able to hold on for the three points.
England remain a mathematical chance of progressing to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but will need other results to go their way and are no certainties to defeat Costa Rica in their final pool game in Belo Horizonte; with England available at odds of $1.53 with Ladbrokes.com.au to finish their World Cup campaign with a win.
Uruguay will likely still need at least a point from their final pool clash with Italy to make it through to the second round and they are now into odds of $34 to win the tournament.