|That was quick: The ball fell to Nani, and he couldn't miss from close range|
|Early start: Nani wheels away to celebrate his opening finish with his team-mates.|
And at the half-time interval, it was the Portuguese who were leading albeit with a slender 1-0 scoreline despite intense pressure from the Americans, eager to continue from their uplifting 2-1 win over Ghana.
They eventually took their chance and equalised in the second-half, thanks to a beautifully-struck long-range effort from defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose 25 yard curling effort was beyond goalkeeper Beto who could only stand and watch in dispair as the ball hit the back of the net.
|Curler: Jones equalised for the USA after 64 minutes, as a result of constant American pressure|
|Finally: After many chances, Jones made his count to level the scoring at 1-1.|
Despite a few half-chances for Portugal, followed by substitutions from both sides, it was in-fact the Americans who made it 2-1, with just under 10 minutes to play thanks to captain and striker Clint Dempsey. Who else?
|Dempsey latches onto a cross from Zuzi to make it 2-1, and make the Portuguese defence pay|
Arguably luckily fell to the former Fulham midfielder, but he will take it all the same - the ball fell into his path, he chested the ball down into the net as Beto looked on helpless after a lack of defending from Dempsey.
But then late drama struck. With 5 minutes of stoppage time to be added on, the USA were defending for their lives as Portugal cranked up the pressure and pushed everyone forward into their half.
The USA had played well throughout but were tired, and then with 30 seconds to go, Portugal equalised. A great cross into the box by Ronaldo was clinically finished with a diving header by substitute Varela - with the last kick of the game to end the match as a 2-2 draw.
|Unexpected turn: Varela lurked past the tired USA defence to head past Tim Howard|
|Last kick: Varela made it 2-2 in the dying moments with a header from a great cross by Ronaldo|