The Liverpool striker inspired his national team to three vital points last night, but he was also at the centre of a controversial moment or two.
He may still be in the midst of his domestic suspension, but Liverpool striker Luis Suarez proved he has lost none of his goal-scoring ability or knack for controversial incidents during Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier against Peru on Friday.
Suarez scored both goals in his country’s 2-1 win, but it was some of his other antics that attracted many of the headlines after the game.
Uruguay went ahead on 43 minutes, after Suarez won and converted a penalty. And yet replays suggested the contact from Peru’s Christian Ramos was minimal, and the Liverpool striker’s fall in the box was something of a swan-dive.
If that was bad for Peru, another animated fall from Suarez, after minimal contact from Josepmir Ballon, saw the Peru player’s teammate Victor Yotun given a straight red card for angrily pulling Suarez to his feet.
While Yotun should not have got involved, the way Suarez writhed in apparent agony was not befitting a man with such talent.
Replays, showing that the striker glanced behind him prior to the incident with Ballon, suggest Suarez knew exactly what he was doing in falling to the floor.
He later doubled Uruguay’s lead with an excellent shot into the top corner from just inside the box, and his country held on despite a fantastic free-kick from Jefferson Farfan halving their lead.
Liverpool have less than a month until they can welcome Suarez back into the first-team. Without him, they have played magnificently and, in so doing, reached the top of the Premier League table.
The goal-scoring Suarez will help to keep them there or thereabouts. But the controversial Suarez…it is time for him to be retired.
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