Just five minutes into the crucial encounter between the Americans and Portuguese in Group G, Nani opened the scoring for Paulo Bento’s side. Poor defending allowed the Manchester United winger to beat Tim Howard at his near post.
Robin van Persie tweeted his congratulations to his club colleague, with the implication that he was rooting for Portugal to win. However, this didn’t go down well those behind the USA’s official Twitter account, who delivered this childish but brilliant reply.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 22, 2014
Silvestre Varela’s dramatic late equaliser denied the USA a famous victory but still leaves Portuguese hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages hanging by a thread.