Van Persie talks up Nani but is given a Twitter beatdown - by who?

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Manchester United striker congratulated his club team-mate for his goal against the USA, which the latter's social media team did not take kindly to!

Portugal were about to join England and Spain on the World Cup scrap heap had it not been for a 94th minute goal from Silvestre Varela, who spared his nation's blushes by securing a late, dramatic equaliser against USA and returning a vital point - Portugal's first in Group G - with the final game, against Ghana, now a must-win if they are to have any hope of progressing into the knockout stage of the tournament in Brazil.

A functional USA clawed their way back into the match after Manchester United attacker Nani opened the scoring after just five minutes. Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey struck one each within 15 minutes of each other in the second half and, had they maintained their one goal advantage rather than squandering it, would have led Group G with six points and be guaranteed for an extended stay in South America.

The spirit of this USA team, led by Jurgen Klinsmann, has captured the hearts of American audiences, particularly in Chicago, but Team USA can win over the bulk of their country if they go on to give a third strong World Cup account of themselves against Germany on Thursday. A draw or victory ensures their progression - something they no doubt deserve after their triumph over Ghana and the positivity of their approach against the Portuguese.

Social media has been an underlying motif of this World Cup, with athletes from other sports in addition to the millions upon millions of fans at home, all scribbling away to provide their voice to a loud Twitter din.

While the national team could only draw with Portugal, the social media team for the official US Soccer account may have scored a victory in the minds of Americans for the manner in which they responded to clinical Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who was congratulating his Manchester United team-mate, Nani, for scoring against USA.

Their response?

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