MX23RW : Monday, July 23 15:41:01
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')

Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Portugal against USA

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo starts for the Seleccao against USA in Manaus having overcome injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit to start for Portugal against USA in tonight's must-win Group G clash.

A loss for the Seleccao will signal the end of their World Cup campaign, but they have been boosted by the news that their talisman has overcome injury.

Paulo Bento has been forced into a few changes, with Fabio Coentrao having been ruled out for the tournament, while Pepe is suspended for the game in Manaus following his red card in last week's 4-0 reverse against Germany.

Meanwhile, the United States are without the injured Jozy Altidore, meaning Clint Dempsey lines up as the lone striker with John Brooks - the scorer of The Yanks winning goal against Ghana last time out - among the substitutes.

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USA: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones; Bedoya, Bradley, Zusi; Dempsey

USA players pose before a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014© Getty Images

Portugal: Beto; Bruno Alves, Pereira, A.Almeida, Costa; Veloso, Meireles, Moutinho; Nani, Ronaldo, Postiga

Portugal players pose before a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014© Getty Images

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