Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, and Portugal's Bruno Alves, right, react to a play along with United States' Matt Besler, left, and United States' DaMarcus Beasley, second from left. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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With one moment of genuine class at the very death, Portugal snatched victory from the grasp of the United States and kept their World Cup hopes alive Sunday.For 14 minutes in the 30 degree heat and 65 percent humidity of the Amazon basin on Sunday, it looked like the triers would prevail courtesy of Clint Dempsey's goal, which he most unglamorously bundled the ball over the line with his stomach. But quality will often emerge and after 94 minutes of contributing very little, Ronaldo whipped in an inch perfect cross which substitute winger Silvestre Varela rocketed into the net with a diving header. Those moments apart, the Americans had contained the Portuguese and Jermaine Jones, the rock at the heart of the United States midfield, equalised by a curling the ball into the net with a strike of no small quality in the 64th minute.
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