Luis Suárez hasn’t lost his touch! He was the star of the show as Uruguay won 3-0 in Oman, playing for 77 minutes and scoring two goals. Despite his forced absence of four months, he’s looking in perfect condition for his return to competitive football.
In what will probably be his last match before the FIFA suspension expires, Suárez was just as impressive as he was a few days earlier against Saudi Arabia, only this time he scored goals as well. Against a surprisingly plucky rival, the South Americans struggled to find their rhythm, and it was not until the 36th minute that they got their first real chance, Suárez’s shot being turned away by the Omani keeper.
The second half was an altogether more lively affair, and Suárez also came into his own. After 57 minutes his left foot met a cross from the right and he slotted the ball home with his first touch. Ten minutes later, he added a second with a deft chip. In the 77th minute he was taken off by manager Óscar Tabárez and replaced by Espanyol’s Cristian Stuani. But there was more to come from Uruguay, who eventually made it 3-0 thanks to Jonathan Rodríguez.
Luis Suárez is now on his way back to Barcelona after appearing in his first two international matches since the World Cup. He played 70 minutes against Saudi Arabia, where it was his shot onto the post that rebounded off Fallatah for the only goal of the game. And on Monday in Oman he scored twice in the 77 minutes that he got to play. In total, he has scored 42 goals in 79 appearances for his country.