Hard day`s night as Brazil pokes fun at England

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian media turned to The Beatles and the group`s classic Abbey Road album to poke fun at England`s World Cup flops on Friday.

Lance sports daily headlined England`s 2-1 loss to Uruguay as "Bye bye?", a result which followed a 2-1 opening defeat to Italy.

The paper produced an amusing visual take on England`s woes by reproducing the cover of the Beatles` Abbey Road album.

The original, historic photo shows John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing the West London street, a site of pilgrimage for Beatles fans.

The Lance version depicted a dancing Daniel Sturridge, a grimacing Steven Gerrard, a frustrated Wayne Rooney and a ponderous Hodgson on the famous crossing outside Abbey Road Studios.

Lyrics from Come Together on the 1969 album actually refer to football -- "He wear no shoeshine, he got toe jam football."

At times, lumbering England looked as if they also had "walrus gumboot" on their feet as they slid to defeat at the hands of two-goal Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.

Lance depicted Suarez dressed as a phantom -- some Uruguay supporters are in Brazil dressed as ghosts looking to put the hex on the hosts as they did in the 1950 final.

The same cartoon showed a concussed Rooney slumped by a goalpost.

Globo saluted the "Boy from Liverpool" as Suarez, only just returning from knee surgery, accepted a gift of a misplaced header from clubmate Gerrard to bag the winner after heading Uruguay in front.

O Estado de Sao Paulo trumpeted Suarez`s achievements as "decisive".

The daily noted: "Back from surgery, Luis Suarez burst on the Cup scene in outstanding fashion, scoring the goals in Uruguay`s victory over England". 

The same journal noted that with the Corinthians Arena a sea of sky blue the stadium turned into "Montevideo for a day." 

Brasilia-based Correio Braziliense and Amazon region daily A Critica agreed that "only a miracle" can now save England from a group phase elimination.

"A perfect night for Luis Suarez," commented A Critica.

"Uruguay bounced back from their surprise defeat to Costa Rica in the opening game and practically eliminated the `English tTeam` from the competition."

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