`I`ve proved point`, says two-goal Suarez

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:00

Sao Paulo: Controversial striker Luis Suarez said he was delighted to prove a point after scoring two goals to see Uruguay to a 2-1 win over England on Thursday, revealing he had taken time to console Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.

The 27-year-old forward has regularly made the headlines for all the wrong reasons since he joined the English Premier League giants in 2011.

He started last season completing a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea`s Branislav Ivanovic -- a punishment that came a year after he received an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United`s Patrice Evra.

Even before he joined Liverpool, Suarez was dubbed "the cannibal of Ajax" when he bit an opponent`s shoulder and was handed a seven-game ban.

"I`m very happy about this victory. I wanted to help the team, try to get three important points, but it`s not the final word," said Suarez, who was voted player of the season by his peers in England.

"It was a dream afternoon because we won, because of the way we won, and for what the rival meant to me, for everything that was said, the doubts, and this was a way to demonstrate everything I wanted to prove."

Suarez, back in action just four weeks after knee surgery, put Uruguay ahead with a 39th-minute header before Wayne Rooney equalised.

But the Uruguayan had the final say when he latched on to a long ball and smashed home the winner five minutes from time after Gerrard mistimed a header in midfield.

Suarez, who missed Uruguay`s opening defeat to Costa Rica, said he was delighted to prove to his doubters he was playing at a "world-class level" despite speculation over his fitness.

And asked what he told Gerrard after the game, he said: "I said keep going and forget about this game."

England boss Roy Hodgson raised the stakes ahead of Thursday`s match in Sao Paulo by insisting Suarez has yet to prove he`s a world class striker.

Speaking about Hodgson, Suarez said: "He sees me all year long over there. He knows what I`m worth as a player, as a person, and these things help to build courage and character going forward."

"It`s a very important victory that we wanted, that we needed because we knew it was a crucial and vital game for us," he added.

"We won but we haven`t qualified yet. We need to keep our feet to the ground because we have another game against Italy."

AFP

First Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:00

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