Last minute stunner saves Portugal from a near defeat

MANAUS: Portugal substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a last minute equalizer to secure a 2-2 draw saving their hopes intact in this World Cup with only 30 seconds to finish their Group G match against USA. . The goal has literally turned Manaus stadium bursting into a boiling volcano. It was a time when the Americans looked firm to collect a come-from-behind victory to qualify in the second round, Varela scored with a flying header from a Cristiana Ronaldo cross. Portugal took the early lead with Nani firing into the USA nets and went for hibernation only to awake when USA’s Jermaine Jones scoring a curling shot for an equalizer. They shocked Portugal for another time with Clint Dempsey scoring in the 81st minute.

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