Suarez made a triumphant return for Uruguay after serving a nine-match ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
After 640 days on the sidelines, Luis Suarez made his return to international football on Friday evening, scoring a crucial equaliser in Uruguay’s 2-2 draw away to Brazil in South American World Cup qualification .
Brazil took a two-goal lead in the first half hour of the match and appeared to be cruising with goals from Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto. However, poor defending from the home side allowed Edinson Cavani to pull a goal back before half-time, with Suarez levelling the match in the second half. Suarez had served a nine-match ban from international competition for sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. His return was much needed by Uruguay, whose squad had been rocked with injuries and suspensions.
Their entire first-choice defensive line was unavailable for the match against Brazil, leaving former Liverpool and Sunderland centre-back Sebastian Coates to lead the back four.
Uruguay’s makeshift defence failed their first test, allowing Brazil to take a very early lead. See Also: Meet the first Kenyan boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. With only 40 seconds on the clock, Willian linked past Coates on the right wing and delivered a fizzing pass across the Uruguayan goalmouth.
Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa ghosted into the box and, unmarked, stabbed the ball into the net.
Brazil went on to play some attractive passing football, with their talented front three of Neymar, Willian and Douglas Costa constantly exchanging positions and confusing Uruguay’s sluggish defence.
The home side doubled their lead after 25 minutes when an attempted through pass from Neymar was poorly dealt with by Álvaro Pereira, allowing the ball to fall to Brazil’s Renato Augusto inside the penalty area.