World Cup 2014: Slim It May be, But Portugal Still Have a Chance

Portugal lost big in the opening match, falling to Germany 4-0, and was seconds away from immediate elimination on Sunday against USA before getting a crucial equaliser in the dying minutes to draw 2-2. But now with one point, the team still has an outside chance of beating Ghana on Thursday in Brasilia by a big enough margin to overcome a poor goal differential and advance.

updated: June 23, 2014 10:16 IST
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Manaus, Brazil: Portugal still have a chance to advance at the World Cup, albeit a really small chance.

But as Cristiano Ronaldo proved again on Sunday, anything can happen when the world player of the year is on the field.

The Portuguese earned their first point at this year's World Cup with a 2-2 draw against the United States on a hot and steamy night at the Arena da Amazonia. And as the players appeared to wilt in the stifling heat, it was Ronaldo that sent in a perfect cross for Varela to head past United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the final seconds of the match.

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