World Cup: U.S.-Portugal Match Ends in Tie; Hollywood Reacts
With 30 seconds left in the game, Portugal scored for the tie.
They were less than 30 seconds away.
The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase, about to advance with a game to spare, about to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930.
But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity.
Silvestre Varela's goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo's cross on the game's last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie Sunday on an exhausting night in the rainforest capital.
"We had one foot in the door," goalkeeper Tim Howard said.
Now the Americans may need at least a point Thursday against Germany to progress to the knockout stage. They could advance with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game that will be played simultaneously.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann called it "a little bit of a bummer."
"Obviously we're disappointed, but at the end of the day, you've got to look at the positives: We got a point," American captain Clint Dempsey said. "We put in a good performance. I thought we played better than the last game. I thought we moved the ball better. I thought we created more chances. Just unlucky."
Hollywood's soccer fans also weighed in on the finish on Twitter. Read some of their comments below:
That's why you have to play hard the full 90 minutes...plus 5 more. #WorldCup— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) June 23, 2014
last week, we won the game in the first & last few minutes. Today we lost our win in the first & last few minutes. #USAvsPOR— Judah Friedlander (@JudahWorldChamp) June 23, 2014
Re: World Cup. With the tie do we advance?— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) June 23, 2014
#PortugalvsUSA Crazy game!!! We'll get em next time!!