Portugal stay alive on last-minute goal, Algeria thrash S. Korea

Portugal stay alive on last-minute goal, Algeria thrash S. Korea

The United States were with seconds of the knockout stage until Silvestre Varela headed home a last-minute equaliser, keeping his team's chances alive. Earlier Algeria scored an easy and historic 4-2 win over South Korea.

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US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) reacts after Portugal's forward Silvestre Varela (L) scored during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Video highlights here: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186483/index.html

Varela's late header saves Ronaldo's World Cup hopes

MANAUS, Brazil, AFP – A superb header by Silvestre Varela in the final minute of time added on saved world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal from crashing out of the World Cup finals on Sunday as it secured a 2-2 draw with the United States.

The Americans had looked to be safely into the last 16 after second-half goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey saw them come back from 1-0 down – a goal by Nani – to lead.

Portugal's forward Nani (L) scores against US goalkeeper Tim Howard during the Group G football match between USA and Portugal. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

However, with only seconds remaining one sublime cross from a pretty anonymous Ronaldo was met by Varela and it soared past Tim Howard to give them a lifeline as a further defeat after the 4-0 hammering by Germany in the opening game would have seen them out.

The United States – who reached the last 16 in 2010 only to lose to Ghana – are on four points along with Germany, who they play in their final group game, and who their coach Jurgen Klinsmann coached at the 2006 finals.

Ghana and Portugal both have one point and play also on Thursday.

The Portuguese got just the start they needed to settle their nerves as a terrible defensive error by Stoke City's Geoff Cameron – the ball flying off his boot to Nani – saw the Manchester United winger wait for Howard to commit himself before rifling the ball into the net.

It had been pre-empted by an outrageous piece of skill by Ronaldo down the left side, completely bewitching three American players as they tried to corral him out on the touchline, only for a series of step overs and a backheel to see him squirm through the three of them.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) chases the ball while being closely marked by two US defenders. AFP PHOTO / RAPHAEL ALVES

Conditions even in the evening were so draining that five minutes from the break, when Jermaine Jones received some treatment, the referee allowed both sides to rehydrate with a drinks break.

Howard, who was earning his 102nd cap, kept his side in the game on the stroke of half-time as he somehow managed to stick a hand out as he dived the wrong way to tip a point-blank shot by Eder over the bar.

There was an even finer block the other end 10 minutes into the second-half as Bradley's goal-bound effort from only 10 yards out saw defender Ricardo Costa spread himself to deflect the ball off his knee for a corner, earning a well deserved kiss on the head from goalkeeper Beto.

The Americans, though, deservedly levelled in the 64th minute as Jones produced a pearler of a right-footed shot from outside the area, leaving Beto rooted to the spot.

US forward Clint Dempsey (L) celebrates after scoring. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Ronaldo and the Portuguese appeared shell-shocked and it was the Americans who grabbed a second as Bradley's shot rebounded to Graham Zusi off a defender and his cross was put into the net by Dempsey's stomach for his fourth goal at a World Cup finals.

That looked to be that until, like Lionel Messi with his late goal against Iran on Saturday, Ronaldo summoned up one piece of class with his pinpoint cross, which was enough to break American hearts.

Algeria's players celebrate at the end of the Group H football match between South Korea and Algeria at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. Algeria won 4-2. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE

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Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to make African World Cup history

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, AFP – Algeria put themselves in pole position to reach the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time with a 4-2 win over South Korea in Porto Alegre on Sunday.

It was the first time an African team had scored four goals in a World Cup match and ended a 32 year win drought at the finals for the 'Desert Foxes'.

First half goals from Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoume Djabou put Algeria in total control.

Yacine Brahimi's second half strike, sandwiched by efforts from Son Heung-Min and Koo Ja-Cheol, ensured Algeria moved up to second in Group H behind Belgium.

Algeria's midfielder Yacine Brahimi scores during the Group H football match between South Korea and Algeria. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Having been knocked out in the group stages of their three previous tournament appearances, and not won a World Cup match in their last seven attempts, Algeria were looking for a lift at the Beira Rio stadium.

They were off to a dream start as Slimani, one of five changes from their opening 2-1 defeat to Belgium, muscled off Korea's two centre-backs to latch on to a long ball forward and jab home.

Within three minutes, Halliche had doubled the lead with a powerful header from a corner.

Djabou, another player promoted to the starting line-up, fired home the third as Korea's hapless defence once again went missing.

The Asians were a different proposition in the second half and quickly pulled a goal back through Son, who fired through goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi's legs.

Mbolhi then made a brilliant save to deny Ki Sung-Yeung as the Koreans continued to push before Brahimi virtually killed the game after finishing off a slick passing move.

South Korea's forward Koo Ja-Cheol (2L) scores past Algeria's defender Djamel Mesbah (C) and Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbohli. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Koo slotted home a cross from Lee Keun-Ho but it wasn't enough to spare Korea's blushes, meaning they must now beat Belgium in their final group game to stand any chance of progressing.

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Vocabulary

  • anonymous (adj): present at an event or competition, but not have much of a role or effect -
  • backheel (verb): to kick a ball using the heel (the back of the foot) -
  • bar (noun): crossbar; a horizontal bar that forms the top of a goal - คานประตู
  • bewitch (verb): to attract or impress somebody so much that they cannot think in a sensible way - ทำให้หลงเสน่ห์, ทำให้เคลิบเคลิ้ม, มีเสน่ห์ทำให้คนหลง, เต็มไปด้วยเสน่ห์
  • block (noun): stopping someone/ something from moving through or along something else - การปิดกั้น, การกีดขวาง
  • blush: to feel embarrassed or ashamed, especially involving your face turning red - มีอาการหน้าแดงเพราะเขินอาย
  • bound: going to - มุ่งหน้า
  • brilliant: very skilful, impressive, or successful - ฉลาดหลักแหลม
  • cap: a cap given to somebody who is chosen to play for a school, country, etc; a player chosen to play for their country, etc -
  • commit (verb): to make a decision openly or take a position so that it is then difficult to change it -
  • conditions: the weather at a particular time - สภาพอากาศ
  • corner: (in sports) a free kick or hit that you take from the corner of your opponent's end of the field - การเตะมุม
  • corral (verb): to trap; to prevent from going someone and keeping in one place; to gather a group of people together and keep them in a particular place - ล้อม,ขังกรง,ใส่กรง,ใส่เล้า,จับกุม
  • cross: (in football) the action of kicking the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side - เตะบอลขวางสนาม
  • defeat: a loss in a competition - ความพ่ายแพ้
  • defensive (adj): protecting against an attack rather than attacking - เกี่ยวกับการป้องกัน, เกี่ยวกับการตั้งรับ
  • deflect: to make something move in a different direction, especially by hitting it - เปลี่ยนแปลงทิศทาง
  • deny (verb): to cause to be unsuccessful; to not allow someone do something - ทำให้ไม่สำเร็จ, ไม่ยอม
  • deserved: describes something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities - สมควรได้รับ
  • double: to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many - เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า
  • draining: making somebody/something weaker, poorer, etc. by using up their/its strength, money, etc - ทำให้อ่อนแอ
  • draw: a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points - เสมอกัน
  • drought (noun): a long period of time when something is lacking, usually, but not always rain - ความขาดแคลน
  • forward (noun): an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า
  • grab: to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly - จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง
  • group stage: the opening part of a tournament where the teams/players are put into groups and compete against other group members. The top teams/players (usually two) then go on to the next stage -
  • hammering: a very bad beating, in this case, in a competition - การตี
  • hapless: of someone who you feel sorry for because bad things have happened to them - เคราะห์ร้าย
  • jab: to push or hit something forcefully -
  • knee: the joint between the top and bottom parts of the leg where it bends in the middle - หัวเข่า
  • knock-out stage: the part of a tournament where the loser leaves the competition -
  • latch on to: to become connected to something; to take control of a ball that is passed to you -
  • lead: the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition - ตำแหน่งนำ
  • lead (verb): to be out in front, to be winning a competition, to be in first place - นำ
  • levelled the game (verb): equalised the score, i.e., cause both teams to have the same score -
  • lifeline: something that is very important for somebody and that they depend on - วิถีทางจรรโลงชีวิต
  • lift: something that makes you feel better or more confident - ทำให้เบาใจ
  • line-up (noun): the members of a team who are involved in a competition or event at a particular time, especially at the start - รายชื่อของผู้แข่งขัน, รายชื่อของผู้แสดง
  • manage (verb): to succeed in doing something; to deal with something - สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
  • mark (verb): (in football) to defend against an opponent ป้องกัน - ป้องกัน
  • midfielder (noun): a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง
  • muscle (verb): to use your body strength (your muscles) to do something, especially in an aggressive way, like using force to push someone/something out of the way - ช้กำลัง
  • nerves: a worried feeling that makes you afraid that you will not be able to do something well - ความเครียด, ความวิตกกังวล
  • on the stroke of (idiom): at/very near the time when a clock reaches the hour mark, or the end of a time period -
  • outrageous (adj): very unusual and slightly shocking; very shocking and unacceptable - ซึ่งกระตือรือร้น; ซึ่งฝ่าฝืน, ซึ่งทำให้เจ็บแค้นใจ
  • pearler (noun): something of very high quality; a thing that is very highly valued -
  • pinpoint: done exactly and in exactly the right position - แม่นยำ, แน่นอน
  • point-blank (adj): fired/kicked while touching or very close to the person or thing aimed at - ซึ่งยิงในระยะใกล้, ซึ่งเป็นระยะเผาขน
  • pole position (noun): the first position at the start of a race, ahead of all other competitors, a very favourable position -
  • pre-empt (verb): to do or say something before somebody else does - ทำมาก่อน, ได้มาก่อน
  • progress: to move to the next level of a competition - เข้ารอบ
  • promote: to move someone to a job at a higher level - เลื่อนตำแหน่ง
  • proposition (noun): something or someone that you have to deal with, described as having a particular quality -
  • react: to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you - ตอบสนอง, เกิดปฏิกิริยา
  • rebound (verb): to hit a surface and then move quickly in the other direction again - กระเด้ง
  • rehydrate (verb): to make someone/something take in water after much was lost -
  • rifle: to hit or kick a ball hard so that it moves very fast in a straight line -
  • rooted (verb): unable to move -
  • sandwich: to fit something/somebody into a very small space between two other things or people, or between two times - ใส่ไปในระหว่างสองสิ่ง
  • secure (verb): to get or achieve something - ได้มา
  • settle: to become or make somebody/something become calm or relaxed - ปรับตัว
  • shell-shocked (adj): feeling extremely shocked or upset after an unpleasant experience, shocked, confused or anxious because of a difficult situation, and unable to think or act normally - เครียด(จากการรบ), ซึ่งเป็นโรคประสาทเนื่องจากประสบการณ์เลวร้ายในสงคราม
  • skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
  • slick: clever, efficient and impressive - คล่องแคล่ว, ว่องไว
  • slot: to put something into a space that is available, in this case, to shoot the ball into the goal - ใส่ลงในช่อง
  • soar: to rise very quickly into the air - บินสูงขึ้นไปในอากาศ, พุ่งพรวดขึ้น
  • spare: to prevent someone from having to experience something unpleasant - ละเว้น, งดเว้น, ยกโทษให้,อภัยโทษ
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • squirm: to move around a lot making small twisting movements, because you are nervous, uncomfortable, etc. - บิดตัวไปมา, กระดิกตัวไปมา, กลิ้งเกลือกไปมา
  • stick (verb): to put something in a place, especially quickly or carelessly - เสียบ,ทิ่ม,ปัก
  • sublime: of very high quality and causing great admiration - ล้ำเลิศ, เป็นเลิศ, ยิ่งยวด
  • summon up (verb): to manage to do something very difficult by gathering up your energy; to make a feeling, an idea, a memory, etc. come into your mind - รวบรวมสติ, รวบรวมกำลังใจ, รวบรวมพลัง, ทำให้ระลึกถึง
  • superb: of the highest quality - ยอดเยีี่ยม
  • tip (verb): to touch something lightly so that it moves in a particular direction -
  • touchline: one of the two lines that show the position of the long edges of the area in which particular games, such as football, are played -
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • virtually: almost - เกือบจะ
  • winger (noun): one of the players in a game such as football, rugby, or hockey who play mainly down the right or left side of the field - นักฟุตบอลหรือนักรักบี้ที่เล่นในตำแหน่งปีก

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