Suarez scores on com­pet­i­tive re­turn against Brazil

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Luis Suarez scored a sec­ond-half equaliser for Uruguay in a 2-2 draw with Brazil, his first com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tional since he was banned for bit­ing at the 2014 World Cup.

The Barcelona striker had not played com­pet­i­tively for Uruguay for 640 days be­fore Fri­day's World Cup qual­i­fier.

Dou­glas Costa scored for Brazil af­ter 39 sec­onds be­fore Re­nato Au­gusto dou­bled their lead on 26 min­utes.

Edin­son Ca­vani pulled one back be­fore Suarez struck just af­ter half-time.

Suarez, who cap­tained the

side

at

the Itaipava Arena Per­nam­buco, bit Ital­ian de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini dur­ing Uruguay's fi­nal group match of the World Cup on 24 June 2014.

He was given a nine-game ban from com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tion­als, as well as a four-month ban from all football-re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

The for­mer Liver­pool for­ward missed Uruguay's sub­se­quent World Cup de­feat by Colom­bia, the en­tire 2015 Copa Amer­ica and four games of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 World Cup.

Uruguay are now sec­ond in South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing, three points be­hind lead­ers Ecuador, while Brazil moved level with Ar­gentina and Paraguay in third place with eight points.

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