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Final tournament - Group stage - Group G

USA - Portugal
2-2
 

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Varela header keeps Portugal alive against US

Published: Monday 23 June 2014, 1.57CET
United States 2-2 Portugal
Silvestre Varela headed in Cristiano Ronaldo's cross with less than 30 seconds to go to keep Portugal in the competition.

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Match statistics

USA
Portugal

2

Goals scored

2

14

Total attempts

17

5

Attempts on target

7

5

off target

9

3

blocked

5

0

against woodwork

1

6

Corners

4

1

Offsides

4

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

15

12

Fouls suffered

11

Standings

Last updated: 23/06/2014 02:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Monday 23 June 2014, 1.57CET

Varela header keeps Portugal alive against US

United States 2-2 Portugal
Silvestre Varela headed in Cristiano Ronaldo's cross with less than 30 seconds to go to keep Portugal in the competition.

Silvestre Varela headed in just before the end of five added minutes to keep Portugal in the FIFA World Cup and deny the United States early progress from Group G.

Nani scored early for Portugal but Jermaine Jones struck from distance just past the hour before Clint Dempsey's 81st-minute goal seemed to have won it only for substitute Varela to level. Still, Portugal are three points behind both Germany and the US; they must not only beat Ghana on Thursday and hope it is not a draw between the top two, they must also overhaul their current goal difference deficit.

There were four enforced changes for Portugal with goalkeeper Beto, left-back André Almeida and forward Hélder Postiga taking over from injured trio Rui Patrício, Fábio Coentrão and Hugo Almeida while Ricardo Costa slotted in for suspended Pepe, sent off in the 4-0 loss to Germany. But within five minutes Portugal were celebrating, Geoff Cameron slicing a clearance into the path of Nani, whose shot nestled in the roof of the net.

Clint Dempsey shot just over and Postiga then limped off to be replaced by Éder. The US, who beat Ghana 2-1 in their opener, began to press, Michael Bradley twice going close. Cristiano Ronaldo let fly from distance but could not beat former Manchester United FC club-mate Tim Howard.

Ronaldo was warming to his task and after a good run played the ball wide to Nani only for Howard to save. The Everton FC keeper was the hero again as he tipped over a shot from Éder despite being still prostrate after a Nani shot had rattled the post.

William Carvalho took over from André Almeida after half-time but Portugal's other substitute, Éder, nearly made it 2-0 in the 48th minute, shooting over. Fabian Johnson was impressing down the US right and he cut back for Bradley but his shot, with Beto beaten, was excellently blocked by Ricardo Costa. However, just past the hour a corner was cleared to Beşiktaş JK midfielder Jones whose swerving shot from outside the box gave Beto no chance.

Raul Meireles almost restored the lead immediately but Howard dived to save. However, the US were not satisfied with a point and Dempsey chested in a Kyle Beckerman cross. Ronaldo twice headed wide near the end, and just as it seemed all hope was gone, swung over a centre for Valera to nod in. The US now still need a point against Germany, coached by Jürgen Klinsmann's assistant from the 2006 finals, Joachim Löw.

Last updated: 01/07/14 12.58CET

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Lineups

USA

USA

Portugal

Portugal

1Tim Howard (GK)22Beto (GK)
4Michael Bradley2Bruno Alves
5Matt Besler4Miguel Veloso
7DaMarcus Beasley7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)
8Clint Dempsey (C)
Goal81
Substitution87
8João Moutinho
11Alejandro Bedoya
Substitution72
13Ricardo Costa
13Jermaine Jones
Goal64
Yellow Card75
16Raul Meireles
Substitution69
15Kyle Beckerman17Nani
Goal5
19Graham Zusi
Substitution90+1
19André Almeida
Substitution46
20Geoff Cameron21João Pereira
23Fabian Johnson23Hélder Postiga
Substitution16

Substitutes

12Brad Guzan (GK)1Eduardo (GK)
22Nick Rimando (GK)12Rui Patrício (GK)
2Deandre Yedlin
Substitution72
6William Carvalho
Substitution46
3Omar Gonzalez
Substitution90+1
9Hugo Almeida
6John Brooks10Vieirinha
9Aron Jóhannsson11Éder
Substitution16
10Mikkel Diskerud14Luís Neto
14Brad Davis15Rafa Silva
16Julian Green18Silvestre Varela
Substitution69
Goal90+5
17Jozy Altidore20Rúben Amorim
18Chris Wondolowski
Substitution87
21Timothy Chandler

Coach

Jürgen Klinsmann (GER) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Nestor Fabian Pitana (ARG)

Assistant referees

Hernan Maidana (ARG), Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)

Fourth official

Walter Lopez (GUA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • USA

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Germany, 26 June 2014, 0-1
  • Portugal

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Ghana, 26 June 2014, 2-1
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