US & Canada

US football fans joyous then deflated

Fans with their faces painted with the US national soccer team's colours, watch a live telecast of the group G World Cup match between United States and Portugal, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22 June 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption US fans with their faces painted in the national colours cheer on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

The heartbreak was etched on the faces of USA football fans as a last-gasp equaliser by Portugal denied them a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The game finished 2-2 as Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored in the final seconds of the game.

"It was a thriller," said US coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

"Everybody who had a chance to be today in Manaus will talk about this game for a long time."

The US now need at least a draw against Germany in Recife on Thursday to be guaranteed of progression to the knock-out stages, but could even lose and still qualify if the Ghana-Portugal result favours them.

Image copyright AP
Image caption Back in the US, fans gathered to cheer in Orlando
Image copyright AP
Image caption US player Clint Dempsey celebrates his chested goal which put the US 2-1 ahead
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Fans react to Clint Demspey's goal in Los Angeles....
Image copyright AP
Image caption ... and New York
Image copyright AP
Image caption But in the last seconds of the game, Varela's bullet header from a Ronaldo cross broke American hearts
Image copyright AP
Image caption Fans in Pittsburgh react as an automatic place into the round of 16 is ripped away from the US by the draw
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption But the US will play Germany on Thursday for another chance - expect more nail-biting and head holding

Related Topics

More on this story