Luis Suarez scored twice for Uruguay to keep his nation's World Cup hopes alive, beating England 2-1 on Thursday.
Sky Sports provide Suarez's reaction after the match:
It makes gut-churning reading for England fans but here's what Luis Suarez said after scoring the double that's left Roy Hodgson's men on the brink of a World Cup group exit. The Liverpool striker, who was cheered into the post-match press conference by Uruguayan journalists, thanked his family and the physio who restored him to fitness after knee surgery...
"I dreamt this. I'm enjoying this moment because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go."
La Celeste came into the match in dire need of all three points, following their surprising loss to Costa Rica, and they were boosted greatly by the return of Suarez, who replaced Diego Forlan in the starting XI.
Uruguay's first half wasn't perfect, but the team took the lead, thanks to the first of Suarez's goals, following a beautiful cross from Cavani. Suarez immediately ran to the bench to celebrate, hugging the team's doctor, who worked overtime to get the Liverpool forward ready for this match.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan noticed it as well:
Also I'm guessing the guy who Suarez hugged & pointed to in his celebration was Uruguay physio?— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) June 19, 2014
Suarez's goal was almost inevitable following his spectacular 2013-14 season. This fan wasn't surprised:
The Poke couldn't help but joke about the striker's celebrations:
As pointed out by Squawka's Jack Watson, the goal was truly made by the great linkup play of Uruguay's two top forwards:
Uruguay aren't a very good team but with Cavani and Suarez linking up like that, they're very, very dangerous.— Jack (@JackWatson_) June 19, 2014
Squawka shared this great graphic of the goal:
Cavani got the chance to extend his team's lead early in the second half, with the Three Lions struggling to contain an explosive Uruguayan attack.
One-on-one with Joe Hart, Cavani failed to hit the target, prompting comparisons with another unfortunate striker, per Football Vines:
Cavani doing a Torres http://t.co/NcOTwLXyYL— Football Vines (@FootballVines) June 19, 2014
Paddy Power joined in on the fun:
Suarez remained dangerous throughout the match, however—something England's official Twitter account couldn't help but notice.
Wayne Rooney finally scored his first World Cup goal with 15 minutes left to play, and with momentum now fully on the English side, it looked like Uruguay's World Cup adventure could come to an end after just two matches.
Of course, Suarez had other plans, scoring again in the final 10 minutes of the match to leave the Three Lions in utter shock. Ashley Thomas wasn't even sure Suarez should come back to the country:
The level of booing for Suarez when he gets back to England...A hundred thousand trillion.— Ashley Thomas (@Bashy) June 19, 2014
Bundesliga Spotlight shared the Vine of the stunning strike:
Selecao Brasileira felt like the goal was some form of poetic justice following all the criticism the British press had aimed at the striker:
For all the criticism and pain that English media and the English FA have caused him, Luis Suárez gives them a taste of their own medicine.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) June 19, 2014
Professional player Tiffany Weimer thought Suarez became a national hero with that single strike:
Luis Suarez you saved your country— Tiffany Weimer (@TiffanyWeimer) June 19, 2014
This fan from across the pond disagreed:
When Luis Suárez walks into Liverpool dressing room for the pre-season pic.twitter.com/4GvFa5Y3EU— ADIL ✌ عادل (@Barzaboy) June 19, 2014
Uruguay now draw level on points with Italy and Costa Rica, who will play each other on Friday. The winner of that match will be all but guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages, and the Italians will face Uruguay next.
La Celeste still have a negative goal differential, and they will be hoping for Italy to hammer the Costa Ricans or a close Costa Rican win. A head-to-head with the Azzurri for the right to play in the next round is risky, but no one knows what the English team will be able to do against Costa Rica in the next round.
The Italians will be favourites on Friday, but regardless of that result, Uruguay will have to put together their best performance yet when they face the Azzurri on the final matchday.