LUIS Suarez made his second debut for boyhood club Nacional on Tuesday (2/8), but failed to help the Uruguay side lose 1-0 at home to Atletico Goianiense.
The 35-year-old striker came on as a substitute in the 74th minute for Franco Fagundez, 17 years after he first hit the Nacional jersey.
Suarez received a standing ovation from the 30,000 Nacional supporters who packed the Gran Parque Central Stadium in Montevideo.
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The former Atletico Madrid forward came close to scoring from a free kick as Nacional pounded Atletico Goianiense’s defense in an attempt to equalize in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final against the Brazilian club.
Goianiense had taken the lead since 23 minutes with Luiz Fernando’s header and managed to maintain their lead despite Nacional’s dominance.
Suarez signed a short-term contract with Nacional last week in a bid to get regular playing time ahead of the 2022 World Cup which will take place in Qatar from November 21.
He was guaranteed to start 16 times by the Uruguayan club.
Suarez is Uruguay’s top scorer and has had a stellar career in Europe since leaving his homeland at the age of 19.
Suarez’s most successful career has been in Barcelona, where he played for six seasons, which resulted in four La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League title.
In 2021, Suarez won La Liga with Atletico Madrid before leaving in May. Previously, he had played in the English Premier League with Liverpool and at the Eredivisie club, Ajax.
Suarez was part of the golden generation of the Uruguayan national team which reached the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup and won the Copa America the following year. (AFP/OL-1)