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Last-minute goal gives Portugal faint World Cup hope

Dejected Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the floor as his side go down 2-1 to United States
A disappointing Cristiano Ronaldo came up with a brilliant cross in the final minute to allow Silvestre Varela to grab a 2-2 draw for Portugal against United States, but Paulo Bento's men need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup last-16 in their final match.

A goal from Nani was cancelled out after half-time for Portugal, leaving the nation on the verge of elimination from the World Cup's Group G, as the United States fought back with strikes from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey to lead 2-1 in the final minutes.

But Ronaldo assured that the Lusitanians would have at least a mathematical chance of making the next round, delivering a pinpoint cross to Varela deep into injury time.

The Portuguese were also aided by the five minutes of additional time enforced by the referee in Manaus, Argentine Néstor Pittana.

The draw means the United States are second in Group G with four points, behind Germany on goal difference. Portugal, meanwhile, sit last with one point, behind Ghana once more due to goal difference.
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