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opening-day efforts

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MANAUS, Brazil -- With Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, a one-goal lead is never safe. The world player of the year rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugals 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup. The Real Madrid winger, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, showed flashes of his best, but his impact was minimal until the final seconds of the match. He curled the ball in to a diving Varela, who headed past Tim Howard to give the Portuguese team a slim hope of advancing to the second round and deny the Americans instant advancement. "He made a great cross," said Howard, Ronaldos former teammate from their days at Manchester United. "Footballs cruel sometimes." The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. The Americans will face Germany on Thursday in Recife, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time in Brasilia. "Obviously were disappointed, but at the end of the day youve got to look at the positives, we got a point," said United States captain Clint Dempsey, who scored to give the Americans a 2-1 lead in the 81st. "Its going down to the last game and hopefully we get the job done." Nani scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Howard in the fifth minute. But the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat. Jermaine Jones made it 1-1 with a curling shot in the 64th after a cross from Graham Zusi made its way through the Portugal defence. And Dempsey, playing with a broken nose, then put the Americans ahead, using his stomach to direct the ball into the net from a cross by Zusi. "Now we have to go out and beat Germany, thats what we have to do," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "We have to play Germany, we have one less day to recover, we played in the Amazon, they played on a place with less travel. We have to do it the tough way." Dempseys goal was his fourth at a World Cup and second at this years tournament. Jones scored his third goal for the United States national team and first in almost two years. It was all Portugal for much of the first half, with Ronaldo in the starting lineup but getting less involved as the match progressed. The Americans, however, started to get more and more chances and even had a shot from Michael Bradley cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa in the 55th. "There didnt seem to be any problem with Cristiano Ronaldo," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "What happened during the game has something to do with our other players." The heat in the Amazon rainforest, however, seemed to slow the Portuguese as the match wore on. In the 39th minute, referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina called for a cooling break, the first such decision to be taken at this World Cup. At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) with 66 per cent humidity. FIFA uses the "Wet Bulb Globe Temperature" to determine when official cooling breaks should be added, and says the WGBT must be above 32 degrees C (90 degrees F) for them to be considered. The breaks are supposed to occur in the 30th and 75th minutes. There was no break in the second half, but that didnt stop Ronaldo from creating the final goal. "It was a thriller," Klinsmann said. "Everybody who had a chance to be today in Manaus will talk about this game for a long time." ------ Lineups United States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley; Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (DeAndre Yedlin, 72), Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi (Omar Gonzalez, 90); Clint Dempsey (Chris Wondolowski, 87). Portugal: Beto; Andre Almeida (William Carvalho, 46), Ricardo Costa, Bruno Alves, Joao Pereira; Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles (Varela, 69th), Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo; Helder Postiga (Eder, 16th). Jordan 1 Black Outlet . The stress, the waiting, the whispers about whether he doped during his stellar cycling career, all of it ended when - after nearly two years - federal prosecutors closed an investigation of him last week without bringing any charges. Fake Jordan 1 . You can catch all of the action LIVE on TSN2 at 6pm et/3pm pt. The Heat reached that mark Saturday night when they ruined the Philadelphia 76ers home opener. http://www.bestfakejordan1.com/cheap-jor...ite-outlet.html. Bayern led second-place Leverkusen by 10 points with a game in hand, while Dortmund was another four points off the pace. Freiburg midfielder Felix Klaus scored in the last minute as his side twice came from behind to climb provisionally out of the relegation zone. 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World No 2 Spieth, who has a surprisingly poor record in his home state since finishing in a tie for 16th here as a 16-year-old, fired a five-under 65 to join Brooks Koepka and Bud Cauley in a share of the lead after the morning starters had completed their rounds.When the late starters got going, overnight leader Sergio Garcia signed for a 66 to join them at 11 under, but it was Crane who starred with eight birdies in his round of 63 moving him to 12 under after two rounds. On Thursday, Crane had completed his first bogey-free round in 36 attempts to join a nine-way tie for eighth, and although he did drop a shot on the eighth second time around, he could have few complaints about how they day ended. Ben Crane leads going into the third round in Texas As he did in the opening round, Spieth again dropped a shot on the par-three 13th, but otherwise had six birdies to keep himself firmly in contention.I took advantage of the easier holes, a couple of the long holes, I found both par fives in two and two-putted for birdies, the 22-year-old said on the PGA Tour website. Spieth is right in contention in his home state - one off the pace Just very limited mistakes.dddddddddddd Ive three-putted the 13th twice now but really those are the only mistakes Ive made this week.Garcia, like Crane, began his round in the afternoon but could not match his opening-day efforts, carding four birdies in an error-free round of 66 that left him in the tie for second place.The suspension of play early on Thursday evening left a handful of players to complete their rounds on Friday morning, and Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner used the opportunity to join Garcia at the top of the leaderboard as they matched his round of 63.However, they fell away in their second rounds with Lee dropped into a tie for eighth with a 69 and Wagner managing only an even-par 70 after three bogeys in four holes on the front nine. Sergio Garcia is in a four-way tie for second place after a 66 The round of the day belonged to DA Points, who had six birdies and a bogey on the front nine to make the turn at five- under, and he was threatening the course record of 60 after three straight birdies from the 11th to the 13th.However, he played the final five holes for par to settle for a 62 which vaulted him up into a share of 16th place at seven under.Watch all the excitement of the AT&T Byron Nelson throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports 4 - your home of golf Also See: AT&T Byron Nelson leaders Garcia makes bright start First round highlights Spieth: Hard work paying off ' ' '

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