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World Cup: How the British media reacted after England's second loss

June 20, 2014 12:21 IST

World Cup: How the British media reacted after England's second loss

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Luis Suarez scored both goals as Uruguay beat England 2-1 to keep his team's World Cup hopes alive and leave England's hanging by a thread on Thursday.

-Football World Cup coverage

England's second loss came after their opening 2-1 defeat to Italy and now their hopes rests on Italy beating Uruguay and Costa Rica, and England beating Costa Rica by a sufficient scoreline to qualify.

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The national newspapers blasted the English side and said the team cannot handle the pressure when faced with serious opposition

The Daily Mail said England's defensive frailty had been their undoing, leaving the team unable to handle the World Cup pressure.

"Sloppy, intimidated, scared," said the tabloid.

"Another one bites the dust", said The Sun.

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Image: England fans look on as England is defeated by Uruguay
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The Guardian said England had mostly looked ragged and their history of being ‘shown up’ once they face top opposition had resurfaced.  

"After four years of planning, all that emotional commitment and all the anticipation that always attaches itself to this tournament, England's World Cup has unraveled in the space of five traumatic days," the paper said.

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England were in the ascendancy but when Steven Gerrard failed to deal with Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera's punt Suarez was away, outpacing Gary Cahill and slamming the ball past Joe Hart.

The Times said captain Steven Gerrard was the fall guy, England paying a high price for two of his errors.

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Suarez scored with a clever first-half header and struck the winner five minutes from time with a trademark powerful shot to almost certainly eliminate England from the tournament.

The Daily Telegraph said Suarez had condemned England to ‘humiliation’.

The Independent said England suffered from a ‘lack of requisite class’ on the world stage.


Image: Luis Suarez - the scourge of Premier League defences all season - after his winner
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