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U.S. Settles For A Tie After Leading In Injury Time

SWXRightNow.com -  The U.S. was seconds away from earning a berth in the knockout stage at World Cup, clinging to a 2-1 lead deep into injury time against Portugal. But the Americans had to settle for a 2-2 tie as Varela scored on a header in the fifth extra minute to keep Portugal alive in the tournament.

The United States fell behind 1-0 just five minutes in and continued to trail until Jermaine Jones slammed a curling shot into the net in the 64th minute. Clint Dempsey put the Yanks ahead in the 81st minute, his second goal in two games. Dempsey's goal came on a cross from Graham Zusi (ZOO'-see), who set up both second-half tallies less than a week after his late corner kick led to the game-winning goal against Ghana in the opener.

But the U.S. was unable to finish off Portugal. Playing despite a left knee injury, Cristiano Ronaldo sent in a cross that Valera redirected past Tim Howard.

The outcome leaves the U.S. and Germany in a first-place tie in Group G with four points, three ahead of both Portugal and Ghana. The Americans will face Germany on Thursday, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time.

Also in World Cup on Sunday:

- Belgium advanced to the knockout round with a 1-0 win over Russia. Belgium leads Group H with six points after scoring in the 88th minute.

- Algeria grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first half of a 4-2 win against South Korea. It's the first World Cup victory for the Algerians since 1982 and puts them second in Group H with three points.

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