Stoppage-time goal earns Portugal thrilling 2-2 draw with USA
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) kicks the ball past Kyle Beckerman of the U.S. (2nd L) (Photo: AP)
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Monday 23 Jun 2014
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Varela scored deep in stoppage time to earn Portugal a pulsating 2-2 draw with the United States just when the Americans were getting ready to celebrate imminent progress to the World Cup last 16.

Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.

Just as it looked as though the Americans had secured a come-from-behind victory to qualify for the second round, Varela scored with a flying header from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.

Clint Dempsey had given the United States the lead in the 81st minute, steering the ball home with his stomach from close range.

Portugal had taken an early lead and then sat back in the heat and humidity, allowing the Americans to start dominating.

It was little surprise when midfielder Jermaine Jones cut in from the left in the 64th minute and fired in a superb right- foot curling shot from 25 metres to equalise.

The result means the U.S. are in second place, level with Germany on four points, and Portugal are third with one and face a tough task to make the next round.

Portugal took the lead in the fifth minute when U.S. defender Geoff Cameron swung a foot at a Miguel Veloso cross and succeeded only in slicing the ball across his own area right to the feet of Nani who scored easily.

The Portuguese played slowly, appearing to try to conserve energy in the tough conditions. The temperature in the Amazonia arena was 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) at kickoff with a humidity reading of 65 percent.

Portugal nevertheless looked capable of scoring again and Nani hit the left-hand post in the 45th minute from outside the area.

The ball rebounded to Eder but his looping shot was brilliantly scooped over the bar by U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Portugal started with Ronaldo, who has been trying to shake off a knee injury. He only shone fitfully against the Americans, leaving the best until last. 

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