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Group Match - Portugal Salvage a Point

Group G

Travel to USA USA vs Travel to Portugal Portugal in Manaus.

Match Preview

The last time they met, USA beat Portugal (3:2) in Suwon, during Korea-Japan 2002.

The two teams have also played four friendly matches; USA winning by a solitary goal in Chicago (03/06/1992) and Portugal doing likewise in Porto (19/12/1990) and Setubal (20/09/1978).

The Lisbon encounter (07/10/1980) ended in a 1:1 draw.

The Match

Trailing USA by a goal, after taking the lead early in the game, Portugal were facing elimination until substitute Silvestre Varela headed in the equaliser; in the last seconds of injury time.

Goalscorers 0:1
Nani sparked Portugal's World Cup dreams back into life when he took full advantage of Geoff Cameron's poor clearance in the fifth minute.

Half-time: USA 0 - Portugal 1

Goalscorers 1:1
It took almost an hour for Jurgen Klinsmann's Team USA to draw level in Manaus, through a long-range strike from Jermaine Jones.

Goalscorers 2:1
Clint Dempsey may be forgiven for thinking that he'd taken USA through to the Second Round, with less than ten minutes left on the clock; even if the ball appeared to go in off his belly.

Goalscorers 2:2
Some may say that Cristiano Ronaldo has had a quiet World Cup but it was his cross as the final injury-time seconds ticked down that allowed substitute Silvestre Varela to fly towards the ball with his head.

The point was enough to keep Portugal in the tournament.

Final Score: USA 2 - Portugal 2

0:1 - Nani (5 mins)
1:1 - Jermaine Jones (64 mins)
2:1 - Clint Dempsey (81 mins)
2:2 - Silvestre Varela (90+5 mins)


Travel to USA USA:
1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 19-Graham Zusi, 8-Clint Dempsey.

Travel to Portugal Portugal:
22-Beto; 21-Joao Pereira, 2-Bruno Alves, 13-Ricardo Costa, 19-Andre Almeida; 8-Joao Moutinho, 4-Miguel Veloso, 16-Raul Meireles, 17-Nani; 23-Helder Postiga, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Nestor Pitana - Argentina Travel to Argentina

Yellow Cards 1 yellow card:
75 mins - Jermaine Jones (USA)

Travel to Germany Germany vs Ghana Travel to Ghana

The Road to Rio

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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