USA Can't Hold Off Portugal in 2-2 Draw

Published 06/22 2014 10:11PM

Updated 06/22 2014 10:18PM


BRAZIL - Considering the way this match started it's hard to be upset about the United States coming away with a point. The problem is the way the game ended.

Portugal got on the board early thanks to some incredibly shaky defense from Geoff Cameron that led to a wide open shot for Portugal's Nani only five minutes in, but the Americans didn't back down. Instead they responded just how you would want them to, outplaying Portugal for large portions of the game, even if they couldn't find the back of the net.

But they would.

In the second half, the United States, facing a Portugal team that had never lost a World Cup match after scoring first, scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. It looked as if the United States was going to get the three points and clinch advancement, making the final match against Germany pointless.

But then Ronaldo, who was quiet most of the night and missed a few key chances, did not waste his last chance.

In the final seconds Ronaldo made his way up the right side and let go of a beautiful cross that found Varela in the box. Varela dived, got his head on the ball and put it past Tim Howard to tie the game 2-2. It was the last play of the game.

The United States now finds itself tied with Germany atop Group G (though Germany has the goal differential tie-breaker) but it was literally seconds away from finding itself in the Round of 16.

The United States managed a draw against one of the best teams in the world in a World Cup match, and you can only feel bad about it. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Hopefully the team will rebound for its match against Germany.

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