Portugal and Clint Dempsey traded goals on as the United States men's national team were held to a 2-2 draw in Manaus on Sunday night.
Silvestre Varela scored with the final kick of the game to deny the Americans a famous win. The result denied the Americans an early berth into the knockout round -- and left all teams in the Group of Death with a chance to advance on the final day of group play.
"We had one foot in the door," Tim Howard said after the match. "It hurt when that [goal] goes in, but the game is cruel, and we will try to be positive. We’ll give ourselves 24 hours to see what we did wrong."
With Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo still misfiring and the Americans’ Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley buzzing, it was the Yanks who had the better chances and looked more likely to win the game -- but while this draw will feel like a punch in the stomach after the late dramatics we saw -- in the end it is a result that the United States will take.