Luis Suarez return: Barcelona forward back in the old routine after 'dream' performance
Luis Suarez scored to earn Uruguay a 2-2 draw with Brazil in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Recife - a match he hailed as a "dream comeback".
Suarez had not turned out for his national team since infamously biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, an incident that led to him being thrown out of the tournament and banned for nine competitive internationals.
"It was the dream comeback," he said. "I always try to do my best for the team and luckily my goal earned the draw."
“We were surprised by the first goal they scored against us.
Luis Suarez of Uruguay holds back Neymar (L) of Brazil.Reuters
“It was moving in every way, one for the suffering I’d endured and second for the support I’ve felt at home with my wife and my two children.”
Suarez paid a personal tribute after scoring his 45th goal for Uruguay as he raced to the bench to collect a t-shirt with an image of Walter Ferreira, the national teams’s kinesiologist who died in January.
Uruguay remain three points behind leaders Ecuador in their qualifying group. They are second in the section, two points clear of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina after five fixtures.