Varela's last-gasp goal salvages 2-2 draw for Portugal vs. USA
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MANAUS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a late equalizer on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup. Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match.
The United States captain used his stomach to direct the ball into the net from a cross by Zusi. The last-second draw denied the Americans a spot in the second round, but it kept Portugal alive in the tournament.
''Obviously we're disappointed, but at the end of the day you've got to look at the positives, we got a point,'' Dempsey said. ''It's going down to the last game and hopefully we get the job done.''
The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. The Americans will face Germany on Thursday in Recife, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time in Brasilia.
It was all Portugal for much of the first half, with Ronaldo in the starting lineup but getting less involved as the match progressed. The Americans, however, started to get more and more chances and even had a shot from Michael Bradley cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa in the 55th. The heat in the Amazon rainforest, however, seemed to slow the Portuguese as the match wore on.
The breaks are supposed to occur in the 30th and 75th minutes. Dempsey's goal was his fourth at a World Cup and second at this year's tournament. Jones scored his third goal for the United States national team and first in almost two years.
Here's how the roller-coaster evening in Manaus unfolded:
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