Friday, 20 June 2014

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez has bitten the hand that feeds him with his brilliant brace against the country that he plies his trade in the much anticipated Group D encounter on his return from injury. The Liverpool striker opened the scoring against England with a powerful header after being setup by fellow Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, who chipped the ball into him. The Three Lions didn't back down though and Wayne Rooney had finally scored his first World Cup goal as a wave of relief rushed through Sao Paulo. England looked to have dodged a bullet by denying Luis Suarez a win on his return, but the Liverpool forward capitalised on a mistake from his Anfield captain, Steven Gerrard, and scored a golden opportunity to secure a crucial three points for Uruguay. 

Although deemed fit to start, Luis Suarez didn't look as sharp as he normally does. His reactions and speed off the mark were notably slower than usual, it being very crystal clear to everyone in Brazil and watching live all around the world that he wasn't fully fit. This performance though will strike fear into the heart of Italy as even though he wasn't a hundred percent fit, he was still the best man on the field and was the match decider. 

The partnership of Suarez and Cavani proved effective for Uruguay against England, and will be Uruguay's key to unlocking the Italian defence. Both are world class strikers, and play the same roles they do for their respective club for their country. Suarez is the poster boy of the Uruguay team like he is at Anfield for Liverpool, and Cavani is the understudy, the role he plays at Paris Saint Germain to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Where Suarez has attacking flair and clinical finishing, Cavani has great work rate and vision. The duo's was shown as Cavani assisted Suarez for the opener of the match and Suarez played his counterpart in at one stage but Cavani shot wide when he should have scored. With an Italian defence that lacks pace, a fit enough Luis Suarez and determined Edinson Cavani could wreck havoc when they meet next week.

Suarez has also been blessed with the God-Given ability where he can make his teammates look and play better when beside him, as evidenced last season for Liverpool and the Uruguay national team in qualifying. With this he can mount a challenge for the golden boot in Brazil, as he can harass defences with his pace, dribbling and finishing, along with teammates always looking for him. The World Cup golden boot would also go nice paired with the Premier League golden boot he won last season for Liverpool. 

Uruguay have the potential to go far, but Suarez is vital to all of their dreams. The return of their talisman has proved a big boost for the South Americans, and has given them hope for making it to the round of 16. He has restored belief for his country after they received a shock loss to Costa Rica in their World Cup opener, and ended England's hopes with individual brilliance.

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