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World Cup 2014 : Rooney breaks World Cup jinx with bittersweet goal

Agnibesh Das, Hindustan Times   June 20, 2014
First Published: 05:19 IST(20/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:48 IST(20/6/2014)

Thursday was not Wayne Rooney's night. For most of their Group D second round match against Uruguay, he kept looking for the elusive first World Cup goal. He did finally get it, but his happiness was short-lived as England lost 2-1, staring at possible relegation in the group stage.

Here is how the Manchester United star's day went:

Having had a poor match in their last game against Italy, Rooney (front row, centre) was a doubtful start. But he retained his place in the starting eleven. (AFP Photo)

When Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 39th minute, things looked problematic for the English striker. (Reuters Photo)

Rooney got his first chance to equalise in the 41st minute when a beautiful delivery from Steven Gerrard off a free kick found him in front of goal. Unfortunately, his header hit the woodwork. (Reuters Photo)

The first half ended with the Three Lions down 1-0. Rooney's frustration was quite understandable. (AP Photo)

With the match resuming in the second half, Rooney got another chance. Leighton Baines on the left fed Rooney a good ball in the Uruguay area. He powered a left-footed shot towards goal but goalie Fernando Muslera got down really well to keep it out. (AFP Photo)

He finally got his maiden World Cup goal in the 75th minute. Glen Johnson made great progress down the England right and played the ball across the penalty area. It bounced across to Rooney who made no mistake in guiding it past the Uruguay 'keeper. (Reuters Photo)

This was his 40th England goal, placing him at joint fourth with Michael Owen in the all-time highest scorers for the country. Here he celebrates with teammate Ross Barkley. (AFP Photo)

The celebrations were short-lived though. Suarez put Uruguay ahead soon enough. Rooney will now remember his first World Cup goal with a bitter after-taste, as England went down 2-1 in the match. (Reuters Photo)


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