Luis Suarez didn’t play in Uruguay’s listless 3-1 loss to Costa Rica to open the tournament. You could see it in the attack, which lacked bite – and that’s not just an oblique reference to Suarez’s past in the public eye. Uruguay is a shadow team without Suarez’s relentless motor churning over tackles and doggedly running down balls he has no chance of catching.
Suarez was back against England, and it was clear his knee wasn’t 100 percent. He couldn’t move with the same fluidity. His knee chained him to the ground and limited those Matrix moves that almost bring his body parallel with the ground. But in many ways he was the same Suarez, cleaving into space and finishing with ruthless abandon.
Two Suarez goals later and Uruguay had the sword buried into England to the hilt. Luis Suarez’s postgame comment before abruptly walking away was a perfectly apt summary.
“I dreamt it, I dreamt it,” Suarez said. “And I’m enjoying this moment as much as any other. For all the criticism I got, there you have it.”
There you have it indeed.