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Jun 22, 2014

U.S.-Portugal: Reaction to the 2-2 draw

Portugal's Silvestre Varela headed in a stoppage time stunner to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States.

The United States was just seconds away from a win against Portugal and a spot in the round of 16, but Portugal's game-tying goal on the last play of the match resulted in a 2-2 draw. Here's how the Internet reacted during a roller coaster of a game:

Prematch fever: Fans gear up for #USMNT

First half: A bad start for United States

Nani and Portugal took advantage of an American misplay:

Portugal winger Nani scored the game's first goal following a miscue in the U.S. backline.

Despite the early setback, the Americans kept pressing:

There was a lot of commentary about Ronaldo, and hair, and Ronaldo:

And we got the first official water break of the World Cup. Cue the orange slice jokes ...

The United States took their first ever water break at a World Cup in the first half of their Group G match against Portugal.

Late in the first half, Tim Howard made a few strong saves in goal:

Second half: This is where it gets interesting

Michael Bradley had a chance to even the score, but his shot was stopped by Ricardo Costa with a huge goal-line clearance with the goalkeeper out of position:

Jermaine Jones delivered a beauty of a shot to put the U.S. on the board, 1-1:

United States midfielder Jermaine Jones shocked Portugal with one of the goals of the World Cup so far.

And then, Clint Dempsey ... 2-1 United States:

United States captain Clint Dempsey chested in the go-ahead goal for the U.S. off a cross from Graham Zusi.

But ... after Ronaldo was fairly quiet for most of the match, he set up Varela with an amazing cross in injury time to solidify a 2-2 final:

Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored a late goal to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States.

Postmatch reaction

Many were stunned by the result:

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