Dramatic Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With US
They were less than 30 seconds away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2014 7:33 PM CDT
The US' Clint Dempsey celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus.   (Paulo Duarte)

(Newser) – They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930. But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity. (In the 39th minute, referee Nestor Pitana called for a cooling break, the first such decision to be taken at the World Cup.) Varela's goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo's cross on the game's last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie today on an exhausting night in the rainforest capital.

The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. Now the Americans may need at least a point Thursday against Germany to advance to the knockout stage. They could advance with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game that will be played simultaneously. (Here's a refresher on how points are awarded.)

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$3758165
Jun 23, 2014 10:23 AM CDT
Geoff Cameron cost us that last goal. Not sure what he was thinking, but it sure wasn't "Hey, I need to defend this cross". #headuphisass
youngblood
Jun 23, 2014 8:39 AM CDT
"Do you know that the water you drink at home" Hey Newser quit HIGH-JACKING MY COMPUTER WITH YOUR DAMN ADDS!!!!
Yourself
Jun 23, 2014 12:03 AM CDT
"In the 39th minute, referee Nestor Pitana called for a cooling break, the first such decision to be taken at the World Cup" HOLY FUBAR... Having been to Manaus, I can tell you this much : the heat and humidity is suffocating! I can't imagine playing 90 minutes of intense sports (of any kind) in that weather!