Both sides entered the match clearly knowing that a defeat would send them on the next plane home and it was Suarez who nodged the South American outfit ahead with a crisp first half header.
England then fought hard in the second half and were duly rewarded when Wayne Rooney recorded his first ever World Cup goal to level matters.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast now need to win their final group match against Greece next week after they succumbed to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Colombia. The Elephants seemed lost without aging striker Didier Drogba and it still boogles the mind as to why the talismanic former captain is being kept on the bench.
Roma striker Gervinho scored the priceless face saver for the Ivorians. Japan could only manage a 0-0 draw against ten men Greece.