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World Cup Photo of the Day: June 23, 2014

US fans react after a late goal by Portugal leads to a 2-2 draw.

A Fan of the U.S. national soccer team reacts with frustration after Portugal scored the second goal at the end of the live telecast of the group G World Cup match between United States and Portugal, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Portugal managed to score to tie the Americans 2-2 in the last minutes of the game. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

USA (2-2) Portugal

USA vs. Portugal: Keeping Momentum vs. Changing Course (UPDATE: A Stunning Draw)


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John Brooks of the USA scores against Ghana.

UPDATE: In a last-second goal (that was nearly in the last second of play), Portugal scored and tied the match at 2-2. With the win, Portugal fends off elimination, and the US must face Germany on Thursday for a spot in the Round of 16.

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After a 2-1 win over long-time rival Ghana, the US is hoping to keep their momentum going. Portugal, meanwhile, is hoping to score its first goal of the 2014 World Cup after a disastrous 4-0 loss to Germany in their first match. Can the US earn their second win? Can Portugal change course? Find out when the teams face off at 6 PM ET (10 PM UTC).

For play-by-play, minute-by-minute coverage of every ball touch, throw-in, direct kick, indirect kick, yellow card, red card, corner kick, goal kick and every other possible football feat in every World Cup match, tap into VOA’s multilingual, multinational analysis.

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And for even more exclusive VOA coverage with a special focus on Africa’s national teams, check out VOA’s Francophone blog.

Germany (2-2) Ghana

Germany vs. Ghana: A “Fight to the Death” in the Group of Death (UPDATE: An Unexpected Draw)


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UPDATE: This “Group of Death” battle to the death ended up as a battle to a draw, 2-2.

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Group G – featuring Germany, Portugal, Ghana, and the United States – has been referred to as the “Group of Death.” Now, Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng says that in order to win against Germany, his team is willing to fight to the death:

“It’s like in ancient Rome. There will be people around the pitch who want to see how two teams fight. The team who wants it more will win and we will fight to the death against Germany.”

While it’s unlikely the competition will be that intense, it’s likely that Ghana will need to win in order to survive. Find out if they will – or if they World Cup dreams die – at 3 PM ET (7 PM UTC).

For play-by-play, minute-by-minute coverage of every ball touch, throw-in, direct kick, indirect kick, yellow card, red card, corner kick, goal kick and every other possible football feat in every World Cup match, tap into VOA’s multilingual, multinational analysis.

Click here to follow the action live, or follow along on Facebook, or on Twitter with #WorldCupVOA.

And for even more exclusive VOA coverage with a special focus on Africa’s national teams, check out VOA’s Francophone blog.

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Was Dempsey’s Goal The Fastest Ever?

According to FIFA, Clint Dempsey’s goal for the United States in Tuesday’s match against Ghana has now been officially clocked in at 29 seconds, the result of a remarkable pinball combination and quick thinking from Jermaine Jones.

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It was a stunner in its speed. But was it a record? The fastest goal in World Cup history?

In fact, no.

Watch this video below to see the World Cup goal that was officially the fastest ever.