The United States and Portugal each took leads and lost leads before settling for a 2-2 draw in World Cup action today.
Clint Dempsey scored the second USA goal, which appeared to be the winner until Portugal scored in the final seconds of stoppage time. DeAndre Yedlin came on as a second half substitute in his World Cup debut.
The result leaves all four teams in contention to move on when group play concludes Thursday with Germany-USA and Ghana-Portugal.
Below is a game report and notes from U.S. Soccer:
In hot, humid conditions at Arena Amazonia, the U.S. Men’s National Team earned one valuable point in a 2-2 draw against No. 4 Portugal during its second match of Group G play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey each scored for the USA with Dempsey’s 81st-minute tally giving the USA a 2-1, come-from-behind lead.
The U.S. was seconds away from clinching a spot in the Round of 16 as a win would have sent the U.S. through and Portugal would have been eliminated. However, Portugal’s Silvestre Varela tallied the latest of equalizers in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time on virtually the last touch of the game.
The USA is now tied atop Group G with Germany at points each, but Germany holds the tiebreaker based on goal differential. The USA will face Germany in its Group G finale on Thursday, June 26, at 12 p.m. ET (ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision) and can clinch a spot in the Round of 16 in the following ways:
• A victory against Germany, which would also give the USA the group title
• A draw against Germany
• A draw between Ghana and Portugal in the other Group G match, which will be played concurrently to USA vs. Germany
• A loss combined with ending group play with superior goal differential over the winner between Ghana and Portugal
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