USA 2-2 Portugal: Everton keeper earns Stars and Stripes unlucky draw

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard made an incredible double save to earn USA a 2-2 draw against Portugal, which turned out to be an unlucky result.

USA came into the back of this game as winners of their last match, whilst Portugal came of the back of a demoralising 4-0 defeat. It’s safe to say USA wanted to carry on their fine form whilst Portugal had much to prove.

It didn’t take long for Portugal to prove their worth as after only six minutes Nani capitalised on Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron poor clearance from a cross, to smash the ball past a sorry Tim Howard.

After the goal USA really started to mount some pressure, they found success through Clint Dempsey going forward and really tested Portugal's resolve.

Just before the stroke of half-time, Tim Howard made a fantastic double save, the second was especially special to deny Eder a Portugal goal. Come the end of the match this save’s importance only really became truly significant.

After half-time the game continued it’s same end to end theme. USA nearly drew level through Michael Bradley when the ball was cut back to him past Beto, but Ricardo Costa dived with his left to knee to save the open goal.

USA didn’t have to wait long for their equaliser though, a corner was cleared out only as far as Jermaine Jones who shimmied to his right before thundering a curling striker into the far right of the goal.

Portugal tried to get back ahead but then the unexpected happened, USA got forward and Graham Zusi’s cross was put into the back of the net by Clint Dempsey’s stomach.

It looked for all the world that USA would see out the game until Cristiano Ronaldo, who had done nothing all game, unsurprisingly comes up with the cross of the World Cup. In the 95th minute Silvestre Varela runs onto the cross and powers his header in the far corner to keep Portugal in the World Cup.

USA will be gutted to have conceded as it would have put them through to the knockout stage, alas a draw against Germany will see them through. Portugal will need Germany to beat USA and then score several against Ghana if they want to progress.

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