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U.S.'s Jermaine Jones scores unstoppable equalizer against Portugal

United States' Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014
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United States' Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Jermaine Jones gave U.S. fans cause to lose their minds when he blasted in an equalizer against Portugal a little more than an hour into the match. After falling behind early on a defensive mistake, the U.S. tested Portugal goalkeeper Beto with shots from distance throughout the first half. But as the match wore on and fatigue from playing in the sultry temperatures of Manaus set in, Portugal kept holding off the U.S. attack by the slimmest of margins.

But then, in the 64th minute, Jermaine Jones fired a shot from distance that curled inside the far post and froze Beto. It was Jones' third international goal, but it was easily his best one yet.

Two of the U.S.'s first three goals in this World Cup have been scored by their German born players — the other being John Brooks' late winner against Ghana.

Clint Dempsey then put the U.S. ahead 2-1 in the 81st minute, but a Cristiano Ronaldo cross set up Varela for Portugal's equalizer just before the final whistle. The match ended 2-2 and now all four teams in

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