Wayne Rooney nearly headed the ball into the goal during the first half of the England-Uruguay World Cup game on Thursday.
England had a corner kick on the left side. A nice cross left the ball floating across the middle.Rooney rushed in with a defender right on him, and headed the ball. Video replay showed that the ball nearly went in, hitting the top right part of the goal post.
However, Rooney did in fact score in the second half during the 75th minute.
The goal tied the game at 1-1, but Luis Suarez later scored his second goal to hand England the loss.
The below photo shows Rooney’s near-goal header.
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See an Associated Press recap below.
Suarez gives Uruguay 2-1 win over England
SAO PAULO—Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury.
The striker lashed in the winner in the 85th minute in the Group D match after seeing his first-half opener canceled out by Wayne Rooney.
Suarez, who hadn’t played for more than a month after undergoing knee surgery, is the Uruguay player who knows this England side best, having played for Liverpool for more than three years.
And by taking his World Cup tally to five goals, Suarez took the gloss off Rooney finally scoring his first on football’s biggest stage at his third tournament.
Rooney tapped the ball home from close range in the 75th minute after connecting with Glen Johnson’s pass.