Luis Suarez scored an equalizer on his return from international ban to deny Neymar’s Brazil a home win as Uruguay held the home side to a 2-2 draw in in Friday’s World Cup qualification encounter.
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 but were denied maximum points no thanks to poor defending that allowed Edinson Cavani and Suarez to level 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 and the makeshift defence failed their first test, allowing Brazil to take a very early lead.
With only 40 seconds on the clock, Willian went past Coates on the right wing and delivered a sparkling pass across the Uruguayan goalmouth for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa to tap in for the opener.
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 who coolly dribbled the Uruguayan goalkeeper inside the penalty area before dispatching the ball into an empty net for Brazil’s second.
Just as the match looked to be slipping out of Uruguay’s reach, with Brazil exerting confidence, the away side pulled a goal back. Alvaro Pereira’s cross was poorly dealt with by both Filipe Luis and David Luiz, allowing Edinson Cavani to volley into the net on 31 minutes.
Brazil’s first-half confidence disappeared after the interval, made worse on 48 minutes when Luis Suarez levelled the scoring.
The Barcelona striker was given all sorts of space by David Luiz, and upon receiving a through ball from Alvaro Pereira, Suarez shot hard and low past Brazilian goalkeeper Allison.
Suarez even had the chance to win the match when, after a failed clearance from the hapless David Luiz, he found himself clean through on goal in the 85th minute.