Varela’s Final-Second Goal Sends Portugal to a 2-2 Draw with U.S.
(MANAUS, Brazil) -- Portuguese midfielder Valera scored on a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo in the final minute of stoppage time, as Portugal ties the United States 2-2 on Sunday in Group G play at the World Cup.
A win would have sent the U.S. into the Knockout Stage of the tournament. Instead, America will have to beat Germany on Thursday to guarantee it advances to the Round of 16.
"We just go at it the tougher way," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said to ESPN. "So we got to go and beat Germany, ah, get a result against Germany that's what we got to do."
In reality the U.S. played a great game. After falling behind 1-0 in the 5th minute, the Americans tied the game in the 64th minute when Jermaine Jones bent a ball around a Portuguese defender and into the net.
The game stayed tied until the 81st minute when Clint Dempsey scored off his stomach on a pass from Graham Zusi.
It looked like the Americans were going to win it, but Valera's header three seconds over the allotted stoppage time secured the tie.
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