It took longer than 30 seconds, but the effect is the same, only instead of being up early in today’s match, the United States find themselves on the wrong end of an early World Cup goal. In the sixth minute in Manaus, Brazil, an errant clearance from defender Geoff Cameron became an inadvertent assist, gifting Portugal winger Nani with the game’s opening goal.
The error came after on a Portuguese pass was played straight to Cameron in the U.S. penalty area, giving the 28-year-old a chance to make what would have been a pedestrian clearance. But the Stoke City defender played the ball off his shin, sending the clearance looping behind left back DaMarcus Beasley and straight to Nani at the far post.
After waiting for Tim Howard to go to ground, Nani finished high across goal for an surprisingly easy goal, making it 1-0, Portugal.
Prior to the score, Portugal had slightly more possession, but neither team had been able to generate a meaningful chance on goal. In the moments that have followed, the U.S. have registered its first shot — a Fabian Johnson attempt blocked out of play — but have rarely ventured into Portugal’s half.
Now 10 minutes in, the furor of the opening goal has settled, with the U.S. finally able to see more of the ball. Mirroring Monday’s match in Natal, they’ll now play Ghana to Portugal’s U.S.
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