With one of the best goals of the 2014 World Cup, Jermaine Jones has pulled the United States even, scoring from beyond the penalty area after a 64th minute corner kick to pull the United States even with Portugal, 1-1.
The Seleccao had gone up early in the first half after mistake by U.S. defender Geoff Cameron gifted Nani the opener, but early in the second half, the CONCACAF champions began threatening for an equalizer, most notably when Ricardo Costa was forced to save a close-range shot from Michael Bradley off the line early in the period.
Just after the hour mark, Jones made good where his teammate could not. Collecting the ball outside the penalty area after a Graham Zusi corner, the Germany-born midfielder moved onto this right foot before launching a 21-yard shot toward the right side of Beto’s goal. When the ball bent the side netting, the 32-year-old had his second international goal, one that threatens to move the U.S. to the top of Group G.
If this score holds, the U.S. will move even with Germany with four points ahead of the teams’ Thursday group finale in Recife. Portugal, tied with Ghana for third in the group, will face the Black Stars in Brasília, with both teams needing a victory to advance to the knockout round.
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