PHOTO: Luis Suarez' sad reaction to Uruguay downfall

Striker Luis Suarez watched on agonizingly as Costa Rica beat his Uruguay side 3-1 in the shock of the tournament.

Uruguay’s risk to leave out Luis Suarez yesterday ultimately failed, and it is a decision which appears bizarre given how good he has been for Liverpool last season.

The 27-year-old netted 31 goals and added a further 12 assists in 33 Premier League games for the Reds last season, a goalscoring record bettered by no other striker in Europe’s top five leagues.

His movement, guile, intelligence and creativity were all traits missing from Uruguay’s disappointing frontline, and for Luis Suarez, the second-half performance was simply painful.

Watching on agonizingly from the bench, the moment Costa Rica scored their third and all-but ended the contest, the Livepool favourite covered his face with his hands as he knows they now face a huge uphill task to qualify from Group D.

It tops off a summer to forget so far for Luis Suarez, as injuries have dampened his ability to participate for Uruguay so far at the World Cup.

The striker came into the tournament struggling with a knee injury, and despite successful surgery, he hasn’t been able to train to his maximum.

His coach, Oscar Tabarez, gave reporters a positive injury update on the striker yesterday morning, though admitted he wouldn’t be included for the Costa Rica clash.

"Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon he did the most important thing you can do in training - he played a match, and he played without any problems. But obviously that's not as demanding as a competitive match. We've done all the preparations for this game without Luis." He said, quoted by the Sydney Herald.

The preparations which Oscar Tabarez spoke of, however, were easily unravelled as Uruguay slumped to a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, despite taking a 1-0 lead going into half-time.

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