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USA Fall Just Short Against Portugal

12:36 pm, Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

The US went behind against Portugal last night to a sloppy goal after only four minutes through a mistake by center-back Geoff Cameron of Stoke City, when he miskicked the ball in the penalty area, and Manchester United’s Nani drove the ball past Howard to put Portugal one up.

jermaine jones after scoring sesnational goal

Jermaine Jones after scoring sensation equalizer

But the US is a strong team mentally and they didn’t give up and slowly got back into the game, and started to get on top, with their excellent game plan worked out by German manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

The equalizer came in dramatic fashion, as Jermaine Jones after 64 minutes hit home a tremendous shot and the ball went into the back of the net like a rocket.

Tim Howard had to make some saves for the USA and how he got to a shot in the second half  and somehow put the ball over the bar was an unbelievable save by the Everton goalkeeper.

And then the US went ahead when Clint Dempsey had the ball in the back of the net after 80 minutes, and the US were ahead in the game on merit.

And it looked like it would be one of the US team’s best ever victory against the number four ranked side (how are they ranked number four?) in the world.

But then with approximately 27 seconds left in the five minutes of stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo put in a perfect right wing cross for Yarela to head home the equalizer.

And the game ended 2-2.

Germany and the US now top Group G with four points each, and a draw in the last game between Ghana and Portugal will ensure both Germany and the US go through to the knockout round.

If Germany and the US draw, then both teams will also go through, but it gets complicated if there is a winner in both of the final two group games.

It would then be decided on goal difference between the winner of the Portugal Ghana game, and the loser of the Germany US game.

This is one of the best ever world Cups in history and Algeria’s 4-2 win over South Korea was also some game to watch.

And don’t think this US team (currently ranked number 13)  cannot beat Germany (currently ranked number 2), because they are full of confidence, even after the victory being taken away in the last 30 seconds of last night’s game.

In the other game yesterday Belgium’s late goal – created by Eden Hazard and scored by 19 year-old Divock Origi – was enough to give Belgium their second win and they are through to the knockout rounds.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Premier League · World Cup 2014



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jun 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    One iPad for sale, hardly used.

    Will swap for Samsong

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Jun 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    why should we care? lol

  • 3 expatmag // Jun 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Must be a slow news day, Ed

  • 4 Average_Contents // Jun 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Slank

    It’s hard to get live streams on ipads and iPhones as they don’t support the video format used to play them whereas windows does

  • 5 willowdalerez // Jun 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    The Goal by Jones was incredible strike. Game is really being upped this side of Atlantic and the ambition is clear… here’s hoping Ashley is taking notes.

  • 6 expatmag // Jun 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Willow

    The only notes Ashley is takibg about your side of the pond is the number of gyms he can buy up.




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