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USA ties Portugal 2-2, just misses victory in final seconds

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MANAUS, Brazil (KWWL) - The United States men's soccer team sat just seconds away from clinching a spot in the round of 16. That's when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo curled a beautiful pass in to the box which was headed in by Varelo to equalize the game 2-2 in the final moments. That put the U.S. celebration on hold, at least for a few more days.

Portugal opened the scoring after a defensive breakdown allowed Nani a chip shot for a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes. It would stay that way until the second half. In the 64th minute, Jermaine Jones ended the U.S.A. drought, curling in a long shot from outside the box.  Seventeen minutes later, Clint Dempsey would score the go-ahead goal that had the United States celebrating, but it was premature. Four and a half minutes in to stoppage time, Varelo scored the goal that broke American hearts.

The tie still leaves the United States in prime position to advance to the round of 16. The simplest scenario would be to win or tie against Germany on Thursday. Should the U.S. lose, they would still advance with a tie in the Portugal-Ghana game. If there's a winner in that game, they would tie the United States with 4 points, and the spot in the round of 16 would come down to tiebreakers, which are (in order) goal differential, total goals scored, and head to head.

The United States and Germany face off Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Iowa time.
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