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

Preview: United States vs. Portugal

Preview: USA vs. Portugal
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Sports Mole previews the match between USA and Portugal at the World Cup finals.

Portugal are sweating on the fitness of striker Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their crucial World Cup fixture with USA.

Ronaldo has struggled with a knee injury in Brazil, and reports emerged earlier this week that the Real Madrid attacker had been told to withdraw from the tournament.

Those reports were quickly denied by the Portugal camp, but with no update on his condition, doubts remain over the 29-year-old's participation.

Coach Paulo Bento, who saw his team thrashed by Germany on Monday, is already without the injured Fabio Coentrao as well as defensive teammate Pepe, who is suspended.

USA began their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Ghana, and their win in Natal leaves the door open for them to potentially qualify for the last 16 with a positive result against Portugal.

Defender John Brooks could come into the side after scoring the winner on Monday night, but Jurgen Klinsmann's team have been hit by the news that striker Jozy Altidore will miss the match with a hamstring strain.

Recent form

USA: DWWWW

Portugal: WDWWL

Possible starting lineups

USA: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Beasley, Beckerman; Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey; Johannsson

Portugal: Patricio; Almeida, Pereira, Pepe, Alves; Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso; Nani, Ronaldo, Almeida

Sports Mole says: 1-2

A dejected Cristiano Ronaldo walks away after Portugal lose 4-0 to Germany in their World Cup opener on June 16, 2014.
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