Amongst wild Uruguayan celebrations at the final whistle, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez sportingly took a moment to comfort his club teammate and friend Steven Gerrard.
The Reds skipper was naturally feeling down after it was his error which gifted Luis Suarez his second goal of the match to seal a 2-1 victory for the South Americans.
England started the match pretty much on the front foot, but despite speculation over Luis Suarez’s fitness, he showed no signs of struggle as he ghosted into the area to head Uruguay into a first-half lead following a delightful Edison Cavani cross.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney finally broke his World Cup duck to level the scores, but following a routine goalkick, Steven Gerrard inadvertently flicked the ball on for Luis Suarez to expertly fire home late on and all but end England’s World Cup hopes.
Still feeling for his Liverpool teammate after the game, Luis Suarez admitted to the press what he told Steven Gerrard at full-time.
Suarez on Gerrard: "I told him to keep going. He's the best player I've played with. This is an unlucky moment for him." #WorldCup2014— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) junio 19, 2014
With Italy set to play Costa Rica tomorrow, only an Italian victory could keep England’s slim hopes of progress alive.
An Azzurri victory, coupled with another win over Uruguay in the final group game, would leave Roy Hodgson’s men needing victory – possibly by two goals – over Central American side Costa Rica next Tuesday to pull off what many would now consider a World Cup miracle.