Silvestre Varela's equaliser deep into injury time kept Portugal in the World Cup as their Group G clash with the USA ended in a dramatic draw in Manaus.

The substitute headed in a Cristiano Ronaldo cross after it appeared Clint Dempsey had sent the Americans through.

Portugal took an early lead through Nani, but Jermaine Jones' superb strike levelled the scores just after an hour.

A draw between Germany and USA will see both through, while Portugal must beat Ghana to have a chance of progressing.

Portugal are relying on a Germany win and must also achieve a six-goal swing if they are to pip the USA to second place and reach the last 16.

Realistically, they had needed to win in the Amazonian rainforest after a 4-0 thrashing by Germany in their opening game, but their performance was at least a marked improvement on that showing in Salvador.

Portugal's Varela equalises in last minute

For the USA - who had opened with a late win over Ghana - this was a performance characterised by attacking verve and defensive slackness, the latter allowing the European side to race into a fifth-minute lead, and also to hit back with the final whistle seconds away.

Their first defensive lapse came when Geoff Cameron sliced an attempted clearance across the face of his goal to Nani, the Manchester United winger finishing emphatically past Everton keeper Tim Howard.

The early goal stung the Americans into action, and they chased the game to create decent chances from which Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley failed to test Portugal keeper Beto.

But while Portugal looked vulnerable to the USA's rapid counter-attacks, they remained a threat going forward themselves and went close to doubling their lead just before the break when Nani struck the post from outside the area, and Eder's follow-up was brilliantly pushed over by Howard.

Analysis

"Michael Bradley, one of our most experienced players, loses it which gives Cristiano Ronaldo the chance.

"Now USA are in a dangerous position, and it could come down to goal difference against Ghana - who look a better side than Portugal on this evidence."

Ronaldo's participation had been in some doubt following a bout of tendonitis in his left knee, and while the World Player of the Year looked good when supplying his team mates, his finishing was wayward.

Ten minutes into the second half, Bradley should have equalised, but the midfielder's side-footed shot from close range was superbly cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa.

The miss was soon forgotten, though, when Jones side-stepped Nani before bending in a brilliant shot from outside the box beyond the static Beto.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Dempsey stooped to guide the ball in off his midriff from close range for what looked to be the winner, until the defence switched off again in the 94th minute and Varela dived to meet Ronaldo's cross and claim what might still turn out to be a crucial point.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann: "When you concede in the last second it is unfortunate, but it was an amazing game from us - I can't ask for any more. Now we have to get a result against Germany and that is what we are going to do.

"We will take even more confidence into the next game. It will be another final but that is what the World Cup is about.

"Germany played yesterday and so have more time to recover. We played in the Amazon and they haven't had to travel much. Everything has been made easy for the favourites, whereas we have to struggle to go through, but that is what we will do."

Portugal manager Paulo Bento: "It's clearly not a good result for us. The 2-2 doesn't put us out of the World Cup mathematically, but it does leave us in a very difficult situation.

"Not just because of what we'll need to do against Ghana, but also because we'll need a favourable result from the Germany-United States game.

"We were unlucky late in the first half, but it was a great effort to level the match (in second-half stoppage time).

"Now all we can do is to give everything in our very last game and try and make the most of the very little chance that we have left."

Portugal's Nani scores

Nani gave Portugal the lead after only five minutes

USA and Portugal take a drinks break

With temperatures in the 90s and 62% humidity, drinks breaks were taken

USA's Clint Dempsey

Seven of USA's last eight World Cup goals have come after half-time

USA fans

USA fans in Chicago reacted with disbelief to Portugal's late equaliser

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

USA

  • 01 Howard
  • 23 Johnson
  • 07 Beasley
  • 15 Beckerman
  • 20 Cameron
  • 05 Besler
  • 11 Bedoya (Yedlin - 72' )
  • 13 Jones Booked
  • 08 Dempsey (Wondolowski - 87' )
  • 04 Bradley
  • 19 Zusi (González - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Yedlin
  • 03 González
  • 06 Brooks
  • 09 Jóhannsson
  • 10 Diskerud
  • 12 Guzan
  • 14 Davis
  • 16 Green
  • 17 Altidore
  • 18 Wondolowski
  • 21 Chandler
  • 22 Rimando

Portugal

  • 22 Beto
  • 21 João Pereira
  • 19 Almeida (Carvalho - 45' )
  • 04 Miguel Veloso
  • 13 Ricardo Costa
  • 02 Bruno Alves
  • 08 João Moutinho
  • 16 Meireles (Varela - 69' )
  • 23 Postiga (Éder - 16' )
  • 17 Nani
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Eduardo
  • 06 Carvalho
  • 09 Hugo Almeida
  • 10 Vieirinha
  • 11 Éder
  • 12 Patricio
  • 14 Neto
  • 15 Rafa Silva
  • 18 Varela
  • 20 Amorim
Ref: Néstor Pitana
Att: 40,123

Match Stats

Shots

15 21

On target

5 7

Corners

6 4

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, USA 2, Portugal 2.

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, USA 2, Portugal 2.

90:00 +4:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! USA 2, Portugal 2. Silvestre Varela (Portugal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross following a fast break.

90:00 +3:04

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross.

90:00 +0:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Omar González replaces Graham Zusi.

88:10

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

87:25

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Tim Howard.

86:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Chris Wondolowski replaces Clint Dempsey.

85:16

Offside, Portugal. Miguel Veloso tries a through ball, but Eder is caught offside.

85:15

Attempt blocked. Miguel Veloso (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

84:31

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

84:31

Silvestre Varela (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:20

Delay in match DaMarcus Beasley (USA) because of an injury.

81:51

Attempt blocked. Eder (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! USA 2, Portugal 1. Clint Dempsey (USA) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Zusi.

80:43

Attempt blocked. Michael Bradley (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

79:41

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho.

77:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:02

Delay in match Matt Besler (USA) because of an injury.

76:41

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:41

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

75:03

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Portugal).

75:03

Geoff Cameron (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:23 Booking

Booking Jermaine Jones (USA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:21

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:21

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

73:34

Foul by Clint Dempsey (USA).

73:34

Ricardo Costa (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:54

Offside, Portugal. Nani tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

71:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Alejandro Bedoya.

69:38

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

69:38

Matt Besler (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Silvestre Varela replaces Raul Meireles.

67:32

Offside, Portugal. Nani tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

66:26

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

66:26

Kyle Beckerman (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:30

Attempt saved. Raul Meireles (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:28

Attempt missed. Raul Meireles (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nani with a cross.

63:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! USA 1, Portugal 1. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

62:30

Corner, USA. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

61:44

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eder following a fast break.

61:21

Attempt blocked. Kyle Beckerman (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Zusi.

59:27

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jones (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:45

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

58:45

Michael Bradley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:15

William Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:15

Foul by Clint Dempsey (USA).

54:54

Corner, USA. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

54:52

Attempt blocked. Michael Bradley (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Johnson.

51:35

Graham Zusi (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:35

Foul by Miguel Veloso (Portugal).

50:44

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

50:43

Attempt blocked. Eder (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raul Meireles.

48:10

Corner, USA. Conceded by Beto.

47:34

Attempt missed. Eder (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

47:20

Foul by Graham Zusi (USA).

47:20

Miguel Veloso (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:32

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:32

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

46:26

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Carvalho.

45:27

Foul by Matt Besler (USA).

45:27

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins USA 0, Portugal 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. William Carvalho replaces André Almeida.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, USA 0, Portugal 1.

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Geoff Cameron (USA).

45:00 +1:23

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:02

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross following a corner.

44:20

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Tim Howard.

44:19

Attempt saved. Eder (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:15

Attempt saved. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

42:33

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:38

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

41:38

Nani (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:31

Attempt saved. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

39:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:25

Delay in match (Portugal).

36:31

Offside, USA. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Fabian Johnson is caught offside.

35:32

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:42

Attempt saved. Jermaine Jones (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:42

Offside, Portugal. Miguel Veloso tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

33:41

Attempt blocked. Miguel Veloso (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a headed pass.

32:51

Hand ball by Eder (Portugal).

31:13

Attempt missed. Fabian Johnson (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.

30:23

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:23

Foul by Kyle Beckerman (USA).

29:30

Foul by Eder (Portugal).

29:30

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:55

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

28:55

Matt Besler (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:55

Attempt missed. Michael Bradley (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.

26:43

Corner, USA. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

26:42

Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (USA) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Zusi.

23:48

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:48

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

23:17

Attempt missed. Michael Bradley (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

21:02

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raul Meireles.

20:42

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:42

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

17:13

Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (USA) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

16:41

Corner, USA. Conceded by Beto.

16:40

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Bradley with a through ball.

15:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Eder replaces Hélder Postiga because of an injury.

15:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:51

Delay in match Raul Meireles (Portugal) because of an injury.

12:41

Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

11:39

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

11:39

Fabian Johnson (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:50

Corner, USA. Conceded by Bruno Alves.

9:47

Attempt blocked. Fabian Johnson (USA) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

8:39

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

8:39

Alejandro Bedoya (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:49

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Alejandro Bedoya.

4:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! USA 0, Portugal 1. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

3:45

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Portugal).

3:45

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:37

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:37

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Portugal).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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