Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With United States
June 23rd, 2014
05:06 AM ET

Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With United States

This time it was the United States that gave up the dramatic goal.

Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored on a strong headed goal deep, deep in stoppage time to give Portugal a desperate 2-2 draw with the United States in a key Group G World Cup match at Manaus, Brazil.

The goal, in the 95th minute, came off a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo, who showed no signs of a knee injury that was the subject of much media attention in the buildup to the contest.

Second half strikes by U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Clint Dempsey had given the United States a 2-1 lead until Portugal rescued its World Cup chances.

"You're disappointed not to get three points but at the same time you have to take the positives from the game," Dempsey said. "We're happy with four points and there's everything to play for in the last game."

The United States plays co-group leader Germany on Thursday while Ghana and Portugal square off.

The Americans will win the group with a victory, but could also advance to the Round of 16 with a draw and a tie in the other match, which will be played at the same time.

But if Ghana or Portugal wins and the other match also has a winner, tiebreakers - the first being goal differential - will determine the second-place team in the group.

See more on CNN.com and watch "New Day" starting at 6am ET asĀ Chris Cuomo will be co-anchoringĀ live from Rio de Janeiro.

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  1. Brother Mark:)

    If the U.S. wins the World Cup this year, I swear I will laugh so hard. Of course if that should happen, most European sports types will be busy making the most laughable excuses for it having happened. They will talk of everything other than the fact that U.S. soccer has gotten alot better despite the fact that most of our sports talent go to sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, and football as opposed to soccer, which by the way, is the only such game to be played that I know of where you can play you heart out for an hour and a half and end up walking away with the same score that you started with...0-0. No wonder it never really caught on in the U.S. I doubt it would be more popular now if it weren't being promoted so well due to the more recent bigger money involved.

    Have a great day.

    Brother Mark:)

    June 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply

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