The U.S. fell behind early in their World Cup group stage match against Portugal due to a gaffe from defender Geoff Cameron, but goalkeeper Tim Howard ensured the deficit didn't get any worse before halftime by following a bit of luck with a tremendous save. A bouncing shot from distance seemed to catch Howard off guard, but it ricocheted off the post and right back where it came from. Howard then scrambled back to his feet and reached behind his body as he was falling over to knock Eder's shot over the crossbar and out of play.
That kept Portugal from going ahead 2-0 in a match being played in intense heat and humidity. The U.S. then used Howard's save to their advantage when Jermaine Jones scored an equalizer in the 64th minute and Clint Dempsey made it 2-1 in the 81st minute, but Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a goal in the final seconds of injury time to leave the final score at 2-2.
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