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Portugal ties in the last minute for a 2-2 vs USA

Portugal ties in the last minute for a 2-2 vs USA

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 22, 2014

The United States were seconds away from a win, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Silvestre Varela combined to steal a draw on virtually the last kick of the ball. Nani put Portugalahead in the first half, but a stunning strike from distance by Jermaine Jones pulled the U.S. even. Clint Dempsey scored in the 81st, but the win wasn't to be.

With the draw, the U.S. must now earn a point against Germany in the final group stage match to guarantee they make it to the Round of 16. Portugal are also still alive, but will need a win over Ghana and some help.

After such a great start against Ghana, things did not go nearly as well for the Americans in the early minutes against Portugal. What seemed like a pedestrian ball into the U.S. box in the fifth minute turned into a nightmare when Geoff Cameron completely botched the clearance attempt, sending the ball right to Nani, who was wide open at the far post. Nani had time to check his watch before blasting a shot past Tim Howard to put Portugal up 1-0.

In the 16th minute, starting striker Hélder Postiga was forced off after injuring his hamstring. 26-year-old Braga forward Éder took his place.

As the half continued, the U.S. began to look more confident. Clint Dempsey just missed on a free kick in the 14th minute, pushing it just over the crossbar. Michael Bradley came close twice, first in the 23rd minute when his shot from distance went a bit wide, then in the 29th minute when a low shot from outside the box rolled just wide of the far post.

The match featured the first water break on the tournament in the 39th minute. No orange slices were distributed though.

 

 

 
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