#Brazil2014: Injury-Time Varela Strike Keeps Portugal Alive

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Portugal kept themselves in the 2014 FIFA World Cup thanks to a 95th minute strike by Varela to secure a 2-2 draw with USA.

The Stars and Stripes had been on the verge of qualifying for the Round of 16 with a game to spare after coming from a goal down to lead 2-1, but were denied in the dying moments of a game that was exhilarating from the first minute to the last.

Portugal took the lead in the 5th minute after winger Nani was gifted the ball in the box by a calamitous clearance, and even had time to wait for Tim Howard to commit himself before side-footing confidently into the roof of the net.

The Americans dominated most of the game, and were rewarded in the 64th minute by a top drawer strike by Jermaine Jones, and even more when captain Clint Dempsey made it 2-1 9 minutes from time.

With 95 minutes on the clock and the final seconds ticking down, substitute Varela saved Portugal with a last-gasp equaliser, bulleting a header into the top corner from Ronaldo’s inviting cross.



Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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