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USA vs Portugal review

The USA played Portugal yesterday in Manuas. The final result was 2-2 with a dramatic equaliser from Varela after he headed in a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.

The USA knew they had a tough game coming up against Portugal and the occasion certainly didn't disappoint. With a total of four goals scored, which included two possible contendors for goal of the tournament.

During the 1st half the USA played a good game moving the ball around well. But after some dodgy defending by Geoff Cameron, Nani scored for Portugal's first. Tim Howard had to pull out some good saves for the USA to stop Portugal scoring a second. 

Although the USA did create some good chances themselves, which resulted in Portuguese keeper Beto relying on Ricardo Costa to block a Michael Bradley shot off the line. However, the USA eventually did break through the Portuguese defence after Jermaine Jones scored an absolute screamer.

Despite the game pace slowing during the second half, Dempsey always looked hungry to score, which he did during the 81st minute. This sent the USA into a 2-1 lead. 

With only 30 seconds left, Ronaldo had other ideas as he put in a fantastic cross which Silvestre Varela headed in. Meaning the game finished 2-2. The match leaves the USA 2nd in their group with 4pts, should the USA win their next game against Germany they will progress to the last 16.

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