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USA, Portugal Clash in Crucial World Cup Match

  • VOA Staff

The United States' Clint Dempsey works out during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 20, 2014.

The United States' Clint Dempsey works out during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 20, 2014.

Three games are on the schedule in World Cup play, Belgium faces Russia in Rio de Janeiro, South Korea and Algeria clash in Porto Alegre, and the United States goes against Portugal in Manaus.

If it wins, the U.S. team will advance from Group G to the round of 16 and Portugal will be eliminated.

In another Group G match Saturday, Germany would have secured a spot in the knockout round with a win against Ghana, but they battled to a 2-2 draw. In that game, German striker Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal, tying him with Brazilian legend Ronaldo for the most goals in World Cup history.
Ghana's Andre Ayew heads the ball over Germany's Per Mertesacker, center, and Germany's Shkodran Mustafi, right, to score his sides' first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil,

Ghana's Andre Ayew heads the ball over Germany's Per Mertesacker, center, and Germany's Shkodran Mustafi, right, to score his sides' first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil,

Also Saturday, Argentina squeeked out a 1-0 win over Iran to qualify the Argentines for the round of 16, and Nigeria kept its hopes alive of reaching the knockout round with a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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