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June 20, 2014

Rooney’s goal not enough

SAO PAULO — One moment, Wayne Rooney madly celebrated the triumph of ending years of criticism for his World Cup struggles. Then, the England striker left the field with his head down in disappointment.

At last, Rooney had delivered his first goal for the Three Lions on the big stage. He came through following constant scrutiny surrounding his lack of production at the World Cup.

And it still wasn’t enough Thursday as Luis Suarez spoiled England’s night, and perhaps its hopes of moving on in Brazil, too.

Rooney’s equalizer in the 75th minute gave England hope. Ten minutes later, Suarez scored his second goal of the night just a month after left knee surgery, sending Uruguay to a 2-1 victory and pushing England to the brink of elimination.

“In the second half I thought we were going to win the game to tell you the truth, especially when we got level,” defender Leighton Baines said. “We were dealt another blow really with the goal. He’s world class and it sort of looked like maybe he wasn’t putting himself part of it as much as he normally would, but he’s got the confidence in himself to know if he gets a chance he’ll take it.”

Japan, Greece alive after draw: 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 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that keeps both alive in Group C and sends rival Colombia to the next round of the World Cup.

Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.

Colombia 2, Ivory Coast 1: BRASILIA, Brazil — Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage.

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