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U.S. Settles For 2-2 Draw With Portugal On Varela Goal In Stoppage Time

June 23, 2014

The United States remained tied with Germany for first place in Group G after they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in their second game in pool play in the World Cup soccer championships on Sunday night in Manaus, Brazil.

A score by the player known as Varela, coming in stoppage time, gave the Portuguese the tie.

The U.S. is now 1-0-1, and play their last pool game against Germany on Thursday afternoon in Recife.  The Germans are also 1-0-1 after their 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday.  The Americans can move on to the tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” round with a win or draw against Germany, a loss to the Germans and a draw between Portugal and Ghana, or a loss and the proper tie-breaker.  They would then begin the elimination round on either Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Portugal started the scoring Sunday on a goal by “Nani.”  The Americans knotted the game with a score in the 64th minute by Jermaine Jones, and took the lead in the 81st minute on a score by team captain Clint Dempsey.

The contest was held in an arena in the middle of a rain forest with temperatures above 90 degrees and a relative humidity reading of 66 percent.

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