Varela and Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal from USA, ending up in a stalemate with 2 – 2 last Sunday at Arena Amazonia in Manaus.Both teams were battling in terms of possession.
USA topped at around 48%, while Portugal was at around 52%. Nevertheless, Portugal grabs the upper hand as Nani takes the lead for the team early in the game, attacking with a right-footed shot on the 5th – minute mark of the match.
Meanwhile, USA catches up on the second half of the match as Jermaine Jones secures an equalizer for the team with a right-footed shot on the 64th – minute mark.
Clint Dempsey takes the lead for the team as he strikes with a close-range shot on the 81st – minute mark of the match, which was assisted by Graham Zusi.
Portugal was saved from defeat thanks to Silvestre Varela, who buried a header through a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo just right before the match ended, equalizing the game 2 – 2 on the 90th – minute mark of the match.
Portugal’s manager Paulo Bento comments on CBC: “It’s clearly not a good result for us. The 2-2 doesn’t put us out of the World Cup mathematically, but it does leave us in a very difficult situation. Not just because of what we’ll need to do against Ghana, but also because we’ll need a favourable result from the Germany-United States game.”
Meanwhile, USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann tells BBC Sports: “When you concede in the last second it is unfortunate, but it was an amazing game from us – I can’t ask for any more. Now we have to get a result against Germany and that is what we are going to do.
“We will take even more confidence into the next game. It will be another final but that is what the World Cup is about,” he adds.
USA faces Germany at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, while Portugal meets up with Ghana at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Both matches will be held on Thursday.