Late goal keeps Portugal's hopes alive

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G  match against Germany.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G match against Germany.
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo set up Silvestre Varela for a late equaliser on a hot and humid evening in the jungle on Monday (NZT) to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.

Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match.

Nani had scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Tim Howard in the fifth minute, but the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat.

NEAR UPSET: Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring a goal during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
NEAR UPSET: Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring a goal during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.

Jermaine Jones made it 1-1 with a curling shot in the 64th minute after a cross from Graham Zusi made its way through the Portugal defence.

Clint Dempsey, playing with a broken nose, then put the Americans ahead in the 81st. The United States captain used his stomach to direct the ball into the net from a cross by Zusi.

The last-second draw denied the Americans a spot in the second round, but it kept Portugal alive in the tournament.

''Obviously we're disappointed, but at the end of the day you've got to look at the positives, we got a point,'' Dempsey said.

''It's going down to the last game and hopefully we get the job done.''

The United States now have four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point.

The Americans will face Germany on Friday in Recife, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time in Brasilia.

''Now we have to go out and beat Germany, that's what we have to do,'' US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

''We have to play Germany, we have one less day to recover, we played in the Amazon, they played on a place with less travel. We have to do it the tough way.''

It was all Portugal for much of the first half, with Ronaldo in the starting lineup but getting less involved as the match progressed.

The Americans, however, started to get more and more chances and even had a shot from Michael Bradley cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa in the 55th.

The heat in the Amazon rainforest, however, seemed to slow the Portuguese as the match wore on.

In the 39th minute, referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina called for a cooling break, the first such decision to be taken at the World Cup.

At the start of the match, Fifa listed the temperature at 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) with 66 percent humidity.

FIFA uses the ''Wet Bulb Globe Temperature'' to determine when official cooling breaks should be added, and says the WGBT must be above 32 degrees C (90 degrees F) for them to be considered.  The breaks are supposed to occur in the 30th and 75th minutes.

Dempsey's goal was his fourth at a World Cup and second at this year's tournament. Jones scored his third goal for the United States national team and first in almost two years.

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AP