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FT: USA 2-2 Portugal

Posted: 22 June 2014 Time: 23:15

USA and Portugal played out to a thrilling 2-2 draw in their Group G encounter at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.

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Full-Time: USA 2-2 Portugal

And that's it! It's ended all square after a hum-dinger at the Arena Amazonia!

94' - GOAL! Portugal level thanks to a Varela header from a pin-point Ronaldo cross!

93' - Desperate defending by the USA as they close down every ball that is put into their box.

90' - Five minutes for Portugal to find a leveller.

90' - SUB USA: Zusi (OFF) for Gonzalez (ON)

88' - Ronaldo heads a teasing cross wide. Not much power on the header as it floats down for a goal-kick, which Howard is in no rush to take.

87' - Portugal corner is cleared away. The USA defenders in numbers, hanging on to their lead. Three minutes to go...

86' - SUB USA: Dempsey (OFF) for Wondolowski (ON)

84' - Portugal free-kick is frantically cleared. The ball comes back in, and Howard saves a Ronaldo effort, but he's offside.

83' - Dempsey with a fine run down the left, holds on to the ball well, and wins a throw. Time-wasting tactics begin...

80' - GOAL! Dempsey puts USA ahead after converting a Zusi cross! The United States now take the lead!

79' - CHANCE! Nani shoots high and wide from the right-side of the box!

76' - A stop-start spell of play ensues, with little goal-mouth action. Both sides have little under a quarter of an hour to find a winner.

74' - Goal-scorer Jermaine Jones is the first to go into the referee's book for a strong tackle in the middle of the park.

73' - Sustained pressure from Portugal results in Nani taking a tumble in the box, but nothing given.

72' - Ronaldo adjudged offside, but he disagrees.

71' - SUB USA: Bedoya (OFF) for Yedline (ON)

67' - SUB Portugal: Meireles (OFF) for Varela (ON)

67' - Meireles flashes a Nani cross over the bar! Yet Ronaldo is penalised for a foul in the box.

65' - SAVE! Portugal now on the attack as Meireles forces a fine save from Howard!

64' - GOAL! Jermaine Jones with a sumptuous shot from range after Portugal fail to clear from a corner! USA level!

61' - Dempsey dispossed in midfield, Portugal break down the right with Ronaldo who advances towards goal, yet his wild strike is way off target.

59' - Geat build up play from the USA, yet the evetual shot is blocked by the stubborn Portuguese defence. The Stars and Stripes are giving it their all in search of the leveller.

57' - Nani with a few stepovers at the edge of the box, yet the ball he slides through for Meireles is gathered by Howard.

55' - SAVE OFF THE LINE! Costa blocks a goal-bound Bradley effort after Howard was beaten by Johnson's square ball on the right!

54' - Portugal just slowing the game down now, putting together a number of passes. USA looking to catch them out on the break.

51' - Eder's snap-shot is wide. Corner given, though it doesn't look like it took a touch on the way out. Jones heads the resulting set-piece clear.

50' - Besler clears after Veloso drives in a low cross from the left. Chances coming in from both ends.

47' - USA win a corner, but it's too strong. The America's retain the ball, but Dempsey's cross iseasily caught by Beto.

47' - CHANCE! Eder volleys over after the American defence fail to clear!

45' - And we're underway in the second half.

One change at the break as William Carvalho (ON) replaces Andre Almeida (OFF) for Portugal.

Half-Time: USA 0-1 Portugal

47' - Whistle blows, and it's Nani's early strike that separates the two sides going into the break.

46' - Portugal finishing the half the stronger of the two sides. Two minutes added on.

45' - The resulting corner is headed over for a goal-kick.

44' - CHANCE! Nani hits the post from outside the box, and Eder's follow-up is superbly saved by a sprawling Tim Howard!

42' - Ronaldo stands menacingly over a free-kick on the edge of the D, but balloons his effort over the top.

41' - CHANCE! Ronaldo breaks down the right, squares the ball to an on-rushing nani, who forces a good save from Howard!

40' - Five minutes to go until the break. USA dominating the half in terms of chances, yet still a goal down.

39' - A stop in play allows both sides to take on some much-needed fluid in the hot and humid conditions of Manaus.

38' - The Stars and Stripes passing the ball around in midfield, looking for an opening in the resilient Portuguese defence.

35' - Ronaldo with his first attempt on goal, which bounces once in front of Howard, who easily gathers.

34' - Jones now with a pot-shot from distance, which Beto easily saves.

33' - USA with seven attempts on goal to Portugal's three, the last of which is a long-range Veloso strike which the American defence blocks.

31' - CLOSE! Dempsey with a superd pass to Johnson on the left, who cuts inside and unleashes a cracking shot from the edge of the box! Just wide!

30' - Chants of "USA, USA" ring around the Arena Amazonia as the American fans urge their team on.

28' - Bradley again with an effort from range, but it's not taken cleanly, and rolls wide of Beto's left-hand upright.

26' - Dempsey worms his way into the box, but his shot goes out for America's third corner, which poses no danger in front of the Portuguese goal.

25' - Portugal spending a lot of time in their own half as the USA push high up the field in search of the equaliser. They've had the better chances of the half since Nani's early goal.

23' - CHANCE! Bradley with a strong effort from outside the box, yet it's just too high!

22' - Zusi overcooks a cross into the opposition box which evades everyone. The team in white desperate to get back in the game after going down so early.

21' - Moutinho with an ambitious strike from 30 yards which trickles out for a goal-kick.

16' - CHANCE! Dempsey with a strike on goal after a lovely-weighted pass into the box. USA win a corner, which Dempsey tamely lobs over the cross-bar.

14' - Meireles clutching his face after tumbling to ground following a strong Beckerman challenge. Meanwhile, Helder Postiga has picked up a knock, and Portugal are forced into an early change as Eder enters the field. Meireles back on.

13' - CLOSE! USA win a free-kick on the edge of the box, which Dempsey narrowly strikes over the bar!

9' - CHANCE! Fabian Johnson on his bike down the left, cuts inside and unleashes a powerful strike towards goal, which is pushed out by Beto for a corner, which is easily dealt with by the Portuguese defense.

7' - Corner Portugal, and Howard easily catches a tame header towards goal.

5' - GOAL! Veloso crosses the ball in, which US defender Geoff Cameron swipes at, but it falls at the feet of Nani who finishes from close range! 1-0 Portugal!

4' - A loud roar from the crowd each time World pLATER OF THE

3' - Nani dispossesed as USA try to beak, but Ricardo Costa is there to snuff out the attack.

2' - Portugal just getting a feel of the ball, passing it around. They launch an attack down the right, but the sprinting Joao Pereira can't reach the ball as it goes out for a throw-in.

1' - And we're underway in the Amazon! USA in their customary white kit, Portugal in red.

The anthems are now being belted out...

The teams walk out to loud cheers from a packed Arena Amazonia.

The USA will be looking to continue the momentum from their first game when they snatched a late victory over African giants Ghana, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal go in search of their first points of the tournament after their humbling 4-0 opening loss to Germany.

The team line-ups have been announced:

USA XI: Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Zusi, Cameron, Johnson

Portugal XI: Beto, Bruno Alves, Veloso, Ronaldo (c), Moutinho, Costa, Meireles, Nani, A. Almeida, Pereira, Postiga

READ: Team Profile: USA

ALSO READ: Team Profile: Portugal

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-06-22 21:29:48

its a win for Ronaldo and co here

posted: 2014-06-22 23:44:26

Ja neh

posted: 2014-06-23 00:10:13

Wat a world cup this is turning out to be, this is arguably the bst word cup ever.......

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