Brazil 2014 World Cup | USA vs. Portugal

This last match of the night is beginning to get interesting, as Portugal scored within the first 10 minutes of the game. Hopefully for this match, there are more goals scored, as a small few of some matches had no goals scored at all. This match should quite frankly make up for some lost time. Make sure to keep pinned to this blog feed while the match unfolds, as I’ll be using BBC Sport to copy football commentators’ quotes over + I’ll also add my general thoughts of the match over the time it unfolds and eventually draws to a close :-).

USA 2-2 Portugal

 

The intense pressure was building up for Cristiano Ronaldo, and he only just missed the goal post by a few inches.

Neil Johnston: “It’s been helter-skelter stuff but the game is settling. Portugal are passing the ball well and the USA are having to be patient. Cristiano Ronaldo is not getting any space to express himself. Another break for the USA. Graham Zusi manages to shrug off his marker but over hits his cross. Then Michael Bradley lets fly from just outside the area. It’s close. Very close. Portugal might have the lead but they’re on the back-foot.”

Former Republic of Ireland International Mark Lawrenson: “The United States have got great chances down the right because there is almost always two on one as Cristiano Ronaldo does not track back and is often in other areas looking for the ball.”

Neil Johnston: “Another chance for the USA after a lightning break down the right. The ball breaks for Clint Dempsey inside the area but his shot is deflected for a corner. Where’s Cristiano Ronaldo? The Portugal captain is struggling to stamp his authority and cuts a frustrated figure as he concedes a foul inside the USA penalty box. Michael Bradley with another shot along the ground for the Stars and Stripes. It trickles narrowly wide.

Clint Dempsey of the United States is challenged by Bruno Alves
Credit: BBC Sport

Former Scotland International Pat Nevin: “This game has ebbed and flowed really well, but Portugal seem to have gone to sleep over the past 10 minutes – the USA certainly cannot afford to do that. Every time USA get the ball they immediately try to get it to Clint Dempsey up front. There will be chances for Dempsey because it looks like he can beat the Portugal defenders for pace. He’s a special talent, every time he gets it he seems to have an attempt on goal – superb.”

Neil Johnston: “The United States aren’t just knocking on the door, they’re close to ripping it off its hinges. Fabian Johnson draws gasps from the American fans with a powerful shot that flashes just wide of the Portuguese net. It’s raining chances. And they’re all falling to the USA.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

John Dunthorne: I can not believe how open all these games are. If this sets the trend for world football for the next few years, wow!

Dave, Bedford (via text message): Every time I see Michael Bradley play I’m impressed. He can certainly pick a pass.

Mark Lawrenson: “Outstanding play from Clint Dempsey and what a strike that is from Fabian Johnson.”

Neil Johnston: “Chance for Cristiano Ronaldo after poor defending. Is this the moment he joins the World Cup party? Er, no. He shoots tamely at Tim Howard.”

Pat Nevin: “That would have been some hit from Fabian Johnson – I’m not sure Beto would have got to that. He has got some energy that lad, always getting up and down the pitch in his role as full-back. And of course he has got Cristiano Ronaldo to mark, who will not track back. When Ronaldo decides to take off you feel there is plenty in the tank. He is showing real cleverness and professionalism to just allow his body to warm up a little and not go full pace straight from the start. This game is brilliantly balanced now, there is no way to see where it is going. Clint Dempsey is definitely capable of scoring a goal, but Portugal are looking dangerous with their tight passing around the area.”

Neil Johnston: “Drinks break! We’re just five minutes away from half-time but it’s hot and sticky in Manaus and the referee decides now is a good time for the players to refuel. Meanwhile, the clock continues to countdown to the interval. That drink has certainly revitalised Cristiano Ronaldo. He surges into the USA half before spraying a delightful pass to Nani who forces Tim Howard to beat his long-range attempt away. Half-time is fast approaching. World-class by Tim Howard as he produces a one-handed save to deny Eder after Nani’s attempt rattles a post and bounces out. How vital will that prove to be?”

Graham Zusi of the United States takes on fluids
Credit: BBC Sport
Tim Howard of the United States makes a save
Credit: BBC Sport

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! NOW THIS FINAL HALF OF THE MATCH IS BOUND TO GET INTERESTING, AS THE USA AND PORTUGAL NEED TO AT LEAST SCORE A FEW GOALS IF EITHER ONE OF THESE TEAMS WANT TO STAND A GOOD CHANCE OF COMPETING IN OTHER MATCHES.

Former Scotland Defender Alan Hensen: “This game is there for the taking for either side.”

Former England Defender Phil Neville: “If Portugal win and Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t score, he will probably be sulking in the dressing room. He is that self-driven.”

Neil Johnston: “That should have been game over. Nani floats a ball into the American area but another terrible clearance by Geoff Cameron allows Eder a strike at goal. His effort, however, is poor and flies over. It should be 2-0.”

Pat Nevin: “Fabian Johnson has been absolutely outstanding. If clubs are looking at tonight’s game, there is one player you are looking at. Wow.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

George Hall: Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly injured. Not running cleanly or at full speed.

Neil Johnston: “This is far from vintage Portugal. They’re being forced to work hard to defend their lead but they’re doing enough. Chances have dried up for USA. They need some inspiration from somewhere. Must be an equaliser. Fabian Johnson gets behind the Portuguese defence and sends in a cross for Michael Bradley who must surely score. But his effort is somehow hacked off the line by Ricardo Costa. A huge moment.”

Pat Nevin: “He should score but the defender does brilliantly. He gets his legs there really quickly, but he should score. The build up by Fabian Johnson though again, I’ve said it before, but he is the outstanding player.”

Mark Lawrenson: “Ricardo Costa does fantastically well – that could be the big turning point in the game, either side of Costa and it is 1-1. Yet again Fabian Johnson gets in and Portugal seem to be doing nothing about it. Just put someone on the left of midfield to stop his runs – it’s not rocket science.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

USA Soccer Guy on Twitter: “OUT OF THE MOUTH! Bradley gets it inside the DBZ, kicks it pretty good but some guy makes the block kick.”

Ricardo Costa blocks shot
Credit: BBC Sport

Neil Johnston: “Pin-ball in and around the Portugal penalty area. But the USA’s frustration is growing. Half an hour remaining.”

Conor McNamara (BBC Commentator): “You have no idea how sweaty these are in the jungle heat.”

A pair of headphone
Credit: BBC Sport and Conor McNamara

GOAL!!!! JERMAINE JONES JUST SCORED FOR USA, BRINGING THE MATCH INTO AN EQUALISER FOR BOTH TEAMS (64′).

Mark Lawrenson: “Beto the Portugal goalkeeper just watches it go past him, it swerves round the defender, a great strike. Where has that come from? We’ve got a game. It’s important that for the next 10 minutes USA do not give Portugal any encouragement whatsoever.”

Jermaine Jones
Credit: BBC Sport

Pat Nevin: “”The United States have deserved it. In this half they have been the stronger side. They have played on the break and that is a clever move. There is no goalkeeper on the planet that would save that. Well done Beto, the Portugal goalkeeper didn’t even have the cheek to go for it.”

Beto watches shot go in
Credit: BBC Sport and Pat Nevin

Neil Johnston: “Portugal’s World Cup is hanging in the balance again. Raul Meireles is replaced by Silvestre Varela. Anxious moments for the Portuguese.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Martin: What a strike! Take a bow Jermaine Jones. A deserved equaliser.

Ally Thorne: Keeper hasn’t even seen that. Things just got interesting.

Karl Connor: Was in the middle of typing a tweet to the effect that Jermaine Jones should stop trying to shoot. Glad I didn’t tweet that.

Pat Nevin: “Fabian Johnson has got Portugal’s defenders on toast, they need to get the ball to him every time. He is actually left sided and is playing out of position. It is astonishing.”

Neil Johnston: “Jurgen Klinsmann gives DeAndre Yedlin an encouraging pat on the back as he sends the 20-year-old defender on in place of Alejandro Bedoya. Huge noise inside Arena Amazonia. “USA, USA, USA” is the roar.”

Pat Nevin: “Go on the Fifa website in the morning and have a look to see who they give man of the match to. If they don’t give it to Fabian Johnson for the United States, never go on the site again, because they clearly do not know what they are talking about.”

YELLOW CARD!!!

Neil Johnston: “Booking for Jermaine Jones after a crunching challenge on Joao Moutinho. Has the fire been extinguished from Portugal’s belly?”

THE PRESSURE SEEMS TO BE GETTING A LITTLE MORE INTENSE THAN EVER BEFORE FOR ONE OF THE TEAMS AS THE MATCH BEGINS TO DRAW TO A CLOSE IN THE NEXT 7-10 MINUTES.

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Richard Hall: I can see why this Cristiano Ronaldo guy had to leave the Premier League, he’s rubbish.

Shohidur: The only reason I want Portugal to go through is because of Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are the worst team in the group.

Andrew: Will we see a moment of magic from Cristiano Ronaldo? Time to step up.

GOAL!!!!!!!! CLINT DEMPSEY JUST SCORED FOR USA, BREAKING USA OUT OF THE EQUALISER WITH A 2-1 GOAL SCORE AGAINST PORTUGAL!!!! (81′)

Mark Lawrenson: “That is why you never give up in sport – absolutely fantastic. Again it came from the right-hand side and Portugal have done nothing at all to stem the flow.”

Pat Nevin: “What were those celebrations like, the entire bench joined in. The last time I saw anything like that was the Americans at the Ryder Cup.”

Neil Johnston: “Portugal are heading out of the World Cup – and the USA into the last 16 – if the score stays like this. There’s four minutes remaining. Four minutes for Portugal to find a goal.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Lewis: USA have an amazing attitude and mentality. Does that come from Jurgen Klinsmann?

USA Soccer Guy on Twitter: Dempsey with one of THE greatest chest kick strikes you will ever see, gives USA the lead and puts the Portugaleze on death row.

Neil Johnston: We’re on the cusp of another big World Cup shock. Goal hero Clint Dempsey is given a standing ovation from the American fans inside Arena Amazonia. On comes forward Chris Wondolowski. From Pheonix to Philidelphia, San Francisco to San Diego. . .they’re waiting for the final whistle.”

5 MINUTES OF EXTRA TIME!!!!

Neil Johnston: “Cristiano Ronaldo is desperately trying to coax his team-mates. Time is running out. Nani powers into the USA half but runs into an American brick wall.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Marlo from London on text: Someone get Cristiano a torch…its dark in Messi’s shadow.

PORTUGAL HAVE EQUALISED JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME WITH THE USA (VARELA – 90’+5)!!!

FULL TIME!!!! THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UPDATED TO THIS BLOG FEED AS THE MATCH UNFOLDED, WHAT AN ENERGETICAL DAY AND NIGHT IT HAS BEEN FOR ALL OF US, MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR MORE BLOG FEEDS ON THE WORLD CUP.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

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