USA Ties Portugal 2-2: 2014 FIFA World Cup

It’s not called the Group of Death for nothing.

The United States was just seconds away from reaching the round of 16 at the World Cup. Up 2-1, Portugal broke American hearts with a goal by Silvestre Varela in the fifth minute of stoppage time to tie the game.

The 2-2 score means the USA will face Germany on Thursday with its sights set on a win. No one from the group, which also includes Ghana and Portugal, has yet qualified.

Nani had put Portugal ahead after just 5 minutes, but the Americans equalized in the 64th minute on a goal by Jermaine Jones. The Americans then took the lead with Clint Dempsey with nine minutes left to play.

USA Ties Portugal 2-2: 2014 FIFA World Cup Live Updates

Jun 22, 2014, 7:55 PM
By ABC NEWS via Good Morning America
PHOTO: Portugals Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his sides second goal and tie the game 2-2 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Brazil.
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It’s not called the Group of Death for nothing.

The United States was just seconds away from reaching the round of 16 at the World Cup. Up 2-1, Portugal broke American hearts with a goal by Silvestre Varela in the fifth minute of stoppage time to tie the game.

The 2-2 score means the USA will face Germany on Thursday with its sights set on a win. No one from the group, which also includes Ghana and Portugal, has yet qualified.

Nani had put Portugal ahead after just 5 minutes, but the Americans equalized in the 64th minute on a goal by Jermaine Jones. The Americans then took the lead with Clint Dempsey with nine minutes left to play.

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Earlier in the day, over in Group H, Belgium needed a late goal to edge Russia 1-0. In the second match, Algeria defeated South Korea 4-2 in another goalfest.

The World Cup features 32 nations — placed in eight groups with four teams apiece — and a total of 64 games.


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