Uncapped Barcelona striker Luis Suarez played his first match in four months for his native Uruguay in a friendly match against former Asian champions, Saudi Arabia.
Suarez had been serving a 9-match ban after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a 2014 world cup match in Brazil on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Suarez’ presence was felt on the field of play as his shot in the 47th minute of the far post before going into the net off Hassan Muath Fallatah for an own goal.
The controversial forward could not lead his team to victory as Naif Hazizi scored an equalizer for the Arabs in the dying minutes of the game after Suarez had come offin the 70th minute.
Although Suarez’ ban is due to expire in two weeks, he is permitted to play non-competitive matches like friendlies and will feature in new club, Barcelona against bitter rivals, Real Madrid in a Spanish La Liga mach.
The former Liverpool and Ajax player could have gotten a goal of his own but was denied by Waleed Abdullah after an awful back pass. Suarez missed after attempting to beat the keeper, minutes before he was brought off the pitch.
The 2013/2014 PFA player of the year tweeted this after the match.
Feliz por volver a vestir esta camiseta que me da tantas alegrías. El amor por la camiseta nunca se pierde. Uruguay!! pic.twitter.com/WZOA8lzwfO
— Luis Suárez (@LuisSuarez9) October 10, 2014
“Happy to wear this shirt again, gives me so much joy. Love the shirt. Uruguay!!”