FIFA WORLD CUP

Suwon Stadium, Suwon, South Korea

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United States

  • John O'Brien 4'
  • Paulo Jorge Costa 30' OG
  • Brian McBride 36'

3 - 2

FT

Portugal

  • Beto 40'
  • Jeff Agoos 71' OG
  • 90'

    What an amazing story. Portugal were poor but who would have believed that the USA would win? A win over the Koreans and it could be hello to the second round. We, of course, will bring you all the thrills and spills on June 10th.

  • 90'

    No there isn't. The ref puts his whistle to his lips and it's a famous victory for the Americans. Perhaps the greatest since the 1-0 victory over England in 1950.

  • 90'

    Beasley is booked for wasting time. One more chance for Portugal?

  • 90'

    Back in the Portugese half. Pinto is stopped by Agoos, who's been heroic after his OG.

  • 90'

    Two minutes added. And the Americans have a corner. Couto angry.

  • 90'

    This will be held in the corner. We're in the 90th minute.

  • 89'

    Jones hold the ball in the corner once more and is fouled. Bento showing his desperation.

  • 89'

    Cobi Jones holds the ball in the corner. Time-wasting of the highest order. Then he gets back to tackle.

  • 88'

    USA take their time. Hedjuk pushes the ball forward to Baia. Portugese are desperate.

  • 86'

    Couto fouls McBride when they contest a header.

  • 85'

    Conceicao try to create something but the defending is dogged by the Americans. The Portugese are looking more and more ragged.

  • 84'

    Couto's long-ball is hacked clear by Cobi Jones.

  • 83'

    Pinto shoots wide when team-mates were better placed.

  • 82'

    Time ticking on....Portugal really need to force a goal.

  • 82'

    Beasley down the left. He keeps the ball well. But McBride's link with Beasley comes to nothing.

  • 81'

    Pauleta swings at a through-ball. Gomes wanted a cross but the ball drifts behind.

  • 79'

    Long ball is headed out by Agoos. Pinto's cushion header is bad and USA win a corner.

  • 78'

    A lull in play after Beasley goes down with cramp. Costa, who's been poor, is replaced by Nuno Gomes. Llamosa comes on for Pope.

  • 77'

    Conceicao is poor after Pauleta chips across goal. They need to show more composure in penetrative positions (don't we all).

  • 75'

    Hejduk fouls Bento. Another cross to be boomed in.

  • 75'

    Moore's kick is poor and Baia collects.

  • 75'

    Beasley down the left before Beto hacks him down.

  • 75'

    Landon Donovan is taken off and Joe Max-Moore comes on. Couto, meanwhile, grapples a defender and is penalised.

  • 74'

    Sanneh heads out when Figo crosses. Another corner.

  • 73'

    Pauleta given the ball by Pinto. Again, he fails to make enough of it. He needs the type of assistance granted him by Agoos.

  • 73'

    Jorge Costa goes off and Jorge Andrade comes into defence.

  • 72'

    Figo, increasingly influential, tries to prompt from midfield.

  • 72'

    Can they hold on? They've looked more and more nervous as time's gone on.

  • 71'

    Pauleta fires in a cross and Agoos thrashes home - sadly it's into his own net. 3-2 to USA but the pressure's right on them.

  • 69'

    McBride looked to be leaned on from Jorge Costa. Beto takes up the possession strain.

  • 67'

    Paulo Bento comes on for Rui Jorge.

  • 67'

    Pauleta is the target for a long ball from Figo. He can't control the bounce and shoots over.

  • 67'

    Conceicao dribbles. He gets nowhere. Figo suffers the same fate.

  • 65'

    Portugal starting to run out of time. Pauleta is offside from a Couto launch.

  • 65'

    A substitution needs to be made. Nuno Gomes surely will take the field.

  • 65'

    Headed away as Conceicao lurked. Desperate stuff.

  • 63'

    Jones dallies as Costa goes at him. Then it's another corner.

  • 63'

    Figo slides in to Pauleta, who again fails to control. He lets in Rui Jorge by accident but his ball finds nobody. USA starting to panic.

  • 62'

    Pauleta has been profligate. Conceicao has had his chances too. Portugal would kill for a goal.

  • 61'

    Pauleta and Conceicao both have chances as the Americans dither.

  • 59'

    Hejduk hammers into Pinto from behind. But Portugal still can't create.

  • 59'

    Figo drifts in a cross. Couto gets up highest but misdirects his header and Jorge Costa can't get to it.

  • 59'

    USA hold the ball until Beto runs clear. He's knocked by Beasley.

  • 57'

    Beto clatters that into Row Z. Shades of Jeff Agoos.

  • 57'

    Joao Pinto dribbles and O'Brien fouls. Another free-kick.

  • 57'

    Beasley down the left but his cross is overhit.

  • 56'

    McBride charges and plays in Donovan. He misses the target. Portugal again poor at the back.

  • 55'

    The ball is knocked to Jorge Costa. His pirouette totally disorientates him and he misses from two yards out.

  • 54'

    Figo's long crossfield ball is poor. But then Sanneh gives away a corner.

  • 54'

    Jones burst through with fellow Americans either side of him but he took too long and Jorge Costa gets the ball away.

  • 53'

    After a load of deliberation Agoos whacks it into the stand. A poor shot considering the build-up.

  • 52'

    Then Couto fouls McBride. Chance for a free-kick on the edge of the 'd'.

  • 50'

    Pinto's slide-rule pass can't find Figo. USA break but Petit fouls and is booked.

  • 50'

    Long shot from Conceicao is drifted over. He could have used the ball better there.

  • 49'

    Figo dances round two but is forced back. Conceicao on the burst but Pope comes across.

  • 48'

    Figo is fouled by Pope but the quaick free-kick is wasted.

  • 48'

    O'Brien takes a free-kick in Stewart's absence but Donovan fails to control the ball.

  • 47'

    The ball seems to have deflated - for the second time. Couto launches a free-kick. Pauleta heads down and Pinto can't get to it. Seemed to be impeded.

  • 45'

    Joao Pinto gets the ball down the left and Pauleta threatened. He can't get to it.

  • 45'

    Cobi Jones, he of the pace, replaces Earnie Stewart at half-time as the USA get the second-half underway.

  • 45'

    The last action of the half. The Americans have been superb and the Portugese, for thirty-five minutes, were dreadful. Though the USA lead there may be a sting in the tail after that Beto goal.

  • 45'

    Bad ball from Costa to Figo. He wins it back and fires in a cross. Conceicao's in space but takes too much time.

  • 45'

    Figo forces a corner. The Portugese threaten again. Agoos clears and Rui Costa lashes a shot across Friedel.

  • 44'

    Portugal won't want the half-time whistle to come. They're in the ascendancy and coach Toni Oliveira's moustache is bound to be bristling in the dressing-room.

  • 43'

    Couto has the ball and gives it to Figo. He's fouled unnecessarily. Sergio Conceicao crosses and Pauleta heads wide once more as Mastroeni put him off.

  • 42'

    Figo stopped as he tries to beat Pope.

  • 41'

    Sergio Conceicao down the left and Pauleta in space but the cross is overhit.

  • 40'

    Costa is on the march. He gets through but forgets the ball.

  • 40'

    This is turning into a real humdinger! Beto is stopped in his tracks now.

  • 38'

    Figo forces two more corners. Then the USA defence can't clear and Beto hammers home from close range. 3-1 now. This is really hotting up!

  • 37'

    Portugal, in ruins, try to attack again. They force a corner.

  • 35'

    McBride dives in to head a Stewart cross and the net billows. It's 3-0 to the USA. History is being made!

  • 35'

    Stewart had a real chance but rushed when he had plenty of time.

  • 35'

    Beto seemingly dived when Hedjuk tackled. Free-kick seemed to be given but then changes his decision. Beto is booked for simulation. Did the ref look at the video replay? A first in World Cup history?

  • 32'

    Donavan evades a Couto tackle and then crosses. McBride is thwarted by Baia.

  • 29'

    Pinto can't get to a Figo cross. Portugal desperate to get something before half-time.

  • 29'

    Portugal are half asleep. The USA couldn't be more alive.

  • 29'

    Landon Donovan shoots, it's deflected off Jorge Costa and Baia is stranded. He can't reach it. 2-0 to the USA. Amazing, truly amazing. Portugal are having a nightmare.

  • 27'

    Landon Donovan is fouled and Stewart again loops in a free-kick.

  • 27'

    Bad ball from Couto. Then Figo is outnumbered and Pinto has to foul.

  • 26'

    Portugal haven't got back into the game as quickly as they would have liked.

  • 25'

    Another corner to Team USA. But Stewart bends the ball out of play before it reaches McBride.

  • 24'

    Figo is double-teamed. Conceicao lurks but again Friedel is quick to collect.

  • 23'

    McBride wanders offside. Couto builds from the back.

  • 22'

    Rui Jorge had Figo in space and played a poor ball. Beasley attacks but Portgal clear.

  • 22'

    But Friedel collects a poor dead-ball attempt.

  • 21'

    Figo fouled as he got into his stride. Portugal's impetus building.

  • 21'

    Rui Costa curls in a free-kick and Pauleta, again, heads wide. He was in plenty of space.

  • 20'

    Donovan collects a knock-down in space and shoots over the bar. Portugal again rattled.

  • 19'

    Portugal attempt to settle in their passing. But good hustling forces Conceicao into a mistake.

  • 18'

    Tony Sanneh shoots but can't beat the first man. That's wasteful.

  • 17'

    Stewart will take....Baia gets the punch in ahead of Pope.

  • 17'

    Donavan skins Petit down the right and crosses. No communication between Jorge Costa and Baia as the Charlton man hacks off for a corner.

  • 16'

    Sergio Conceicao is covered by two men and is then fouled by Pablo Mastroeni.

  • 15'

    The Americans seem more inclined to defend with Beasley on the break.

  • 15'

    Beasley, who's doing well, dribbles and is fouled. The Portugese don't agree with the decison. Stewart chips straight to Baia.

  • 14'

    Pope stops an attack again. Beasley charges before Baia gets to it. End-to-end stuff.

  • 12'

    Pinto again in the area. Agoos covers well and clears. But Sergio Conceicao gets away and crosses. Pauleta's header is poorly-directed.

  • 12'

    Bad ball from Costa goes to Agoos. Hedjuk can't keep the ball in.

  • 11'

    Rui Costa in space. Pauleta threatened as Pope came across him and goes down. No penalty given.

  • 10'

    Figo can bend in another. Joao Pinto couldn't get to it and Friedel collects.

  • 9'

    Baia does well this time to collect a long-ball.

  • 9'

    The wall didn't get far enough away. Sergio Conceicao drives into the wall but the ref bizarrely gives a free-kick to the USA.

  • 7'

    Figo has a chance to shoot from a free-kick after a handball.

  • 7'

    Baia punches out - ludicrously - and the ball breaks to Pope. He hits the side-netting. Portugal all over the place. That was a real chance.

  • 5'

    Portugal try to get their passing game going but the USA fight hard. Beasley dribbles and is brought down. Another chance for Stewart.

  • 4'

    That was a real surprise. Poor defending from the Portugese and O'Brien captalised.

  • 3'

    He takes a corner. McBride heads and Baia palms out. John O'Brien forces it home from close range. A shock 1-0 lead for the USA!

  •  

    Stewart takes a free-kick which is tipped behind.

  •  

    Pinto chases the ball down the channels, collects a throw. Rui Costa bedazzles a US defender before hustles him out.

  • 1'

    The Portugese pass it around the back. Instant attack as Joao Pinto crosses in. Well-cleared from Pablo Mastroeni.

  •  

    Portugal get the game underway after the USA complete their huddle.

  •  

    Can Bruce Arena triumph at the Suwon Stadium and retain his record as the 'winningest' coach in Team USA history?

  •  

    USA will have to do without star man Claudio Reyna. He's not recovered from his 'strained right quadriceps' (it says here). Portugal's stars are all present, which perhaps doesn't bode well.

  •  

    Team USA face their toughest challenge in the Portugese. Will Figo and co embarass them? Or can the stars and stripes put on a better show than at France '98?

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • United States

  • 12(7)

  • -

  • 20

  • 45%

    55%

  • Portugal

  • 13(1)

  • -

  • 17

United States

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Brad Friedel

D

2 Frankie Hejduk

D

4 Pablo Mastroeni

D

12 Jeff Agoos

D

22 Tony Sanneh

D

23 Eddie Pope
D
16 Carlos Llamosa

M

5 John O'Brien

M

17 DaMarcus Beasley

M

21 Landon Donovan
F
9 Joe-Max Moore

F

8 Earnie Stewart
M
13 Cobi Jones

F

20 Brian McBride
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
D 16 Carlos Llamosa
M 13 Cobi Jones
F 9 Joe-Max Moore

Portugal

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Vitor Baia

D

2 Paulo Jorge Costa
D
13 Jorge Andrade

D

5 Fernando Couto

D

22 Beto

D

23 Rui Jorge
M
17 Jorge Paulo Bento

M

7 Luis Figo

M

10 Rui Costa
F
21 Nuno Gomes

M

11 Sergio Conceicao

M

20 Petit

F

8 Manuel Vieira Joao Pinto

F

9 Pedro Pauleta
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
D 13 Jorge Andrade
M 17 Jorge Paulo Bento
F 21 Nuno Gomes

Match Stats

  • United States
  • Portugal
12(7) Shots (on goal) 13(1)
20 Fouls 17
4 Corner kicks 7
4 Offsides 3
45% Time of Possession 55%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 5
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