A brace for Uruguay's star striker Luis Suarez kept Uruguay's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup's second round alive, at Sao Paolo's Arena Corinthians on Thursday. 

Suarez, who missed the tournament's opening game, scored his first in the 29th minute with a header assisted by teammate Edinson Cavani.

The second-half was a high tempo affair, with both sides creating chances. In the 61st minute, Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Pereira received medical assistance after receiving a knee to the head in a tangle with 19-year-old English midflelder Raheem Sterling.

England recaptured some hope in the 75th minute when Wayne Rooney levelled with a simple tap-in, after right-back Glen Johnson smuggled a low cross accross the face of the goal. 

Ten minutes later Suarez, who played for English side Suarez, gave Uruguay the decisive goal, making it 2-1 with a vicious drive that fizzed passed England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

- England's now waiting miracles

With two defeats, England's chances of making it to the second-round lie in the hands of other teams. They need Italy to beat Costa Rica on Friday to stand any chance of progressing.