Uruguay lead 1-0 first half

A great chip by Edinson Cavani to Suarez ensured the forward cushioned a header past the diving Joe Hart.

A great chip by Edinson Cavani to Luis Suarez ensured the forward cushioned a header past the diving Joe Hart. Picture: Fifa.

JOHANNESBURG - A brilliant header from Luis Suárez put Uruguay in the lead for the first half of the game between England and Uruguay.

A great chip by Edinson Cavani to Suarez ensured the forward cushioned a header past the diving Joe Hart.

Suárez started up front for Uruguay in their World Cup Group D match against England on Thursday, giving the South Americans a major boost after their attack looked largely toothless in a surprise opening 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made five changes in all, with Alvaro Pereira, Jose Maria Gimenez, Nicolas Lodeiro and Alvaro Gonzalez also coming in.

England's Wayne Rooney kept his place despite criticism of his performance in an opening 2-1 loss to Italy during which he played largely on the wing but struggled to provide cover for Leighton Baines at left back.

With both teams losing their opening games, a loss at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo would almost certainly mean failure to reach the last 16.