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Final tournament - Group stage - Group G

USA - Portugal
2-2
 

USA - Portugal 2-2 - 23/06/2014 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Varela header keeps Portugal alive against US

Published: Monday 23 June 2014, 1.00CET
Varela header keeps Portugal alive against US
Silvestre Varela celebrates his equaliser ©Getty Images

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.

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Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

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

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    An incredible finish for Portugal, whose campaign looked over, while the US still need a result on Thursday against Germany. The US and Germany lead Portugal and Ghana by three points going into the last games on Thursday. Portugal need to beat Ghana and for there to be a positive result between the US and Germany, and even then must overturn their goal difference deficit after their opening 4-0 loss. But they will be grateful for any chance after coming so close to an early exit.
  • Goal
    90+5
    Varela (Portugal) scores!
    With less than 30 seconds left of the five added minutes, Silvestre Varela heads in Cristiano Ronaldo's high cross to keep Portugal in the World Cup,
  • Substitution
    90+1
    Gonzalez (in) - Zusi (out) (USA)
  • Substitution
    87
    Wondolowski (in) - Dempsey (out) (USA)
  • Goal
    81
    Dempsey (USA) scores!
    The US are heading through as it stands after Kyle Beckerman's cross is chested in by Clint Dempsey.

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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