Jun 22, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
USAUSA
2-2
Portugal
Jones (64'), Dempsey (81')
Jones (75')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Nani (5'), Varela (90')

Tim Howard: "Football is cruel sometimes"

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard throws out the ball while representing the USA on April 01, 2009.
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USA keeper Tim Howard admits his side are still confident that they can reach the last 16 at the World Cup despite conceding a last-minute equaliser against Portugal.

USA keeper Tim Howard has revealed that he and his teammates are still upbeat about their chances to progress from Group G despite their heartbreaking draw to Portugal.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side were seconds away from clinching their place in the next round of the World Cup, only to be denied by a last-minute equaliser from Silvestre Varela.

"Realistically, we've given ourselves every chance to advance. We are where we want to be right now," Howard told ESPN.

"We harped over and over again for Kyle [Beckerman], Michael [Bradley] and Jermaine [Jones] to be the engine. My hat goes off to them. They have a tireless work ethic and we'll never lose that.

"Football is cruel sometimes. It ebbs and flows. We'll try to give ourselves 12 hours or so to ponder the result. We have a good chance to go through and we're excited."

The USA only need a point from their final group game with Germany to progress to the last 16.

Silvestre Varela of Portugal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014
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