World Cup

Portugal hold USA as Belgium cruise

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By Agencies

Posted  Monday, June 23   2014 at  09:29

In Summary

Portugal winger Nani shot the Europeans into the lead on five minutes but Klinsmann's side rallied thereafter and dominated for long periods


Portugal snatched a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time to force a 2-2 draw with the United States and keep their World Cup hopes flickering.

Silvestre Varela headed in a cross from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus to grab a vital point.

The last-gasp leveller deprived the United States of a famous win which would have seen them complete a remarkable qualification from Group G, which also includes Germany and Ghana.

It also saved Ronaldo and Portugal from an embarrassing first round elimination from a group they were firmly expected to qualify from.

The result leaves the United States and Germany level on four points in Group G, with Portugal and Ghana on one apiece.

A draw between the Germans and Americans in the final round of matches on Thursday would see both teams advance.

In other games on Sunday, teenager Divock Origi fired Belgium into the last 16 with a 1-0 win against Russia in Group H.

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