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USA-Portugal: Quotes

Head coach Paulo Bento of Portugal gestures
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Paulo Bento, Portugal coachIt’s clearly not a good result for us. The 2-2 doesn’t put us out of the World Cup mathematically, but it does leave us in a very difficult situation. Not just because of what we’ll need to do against Ghana, but also because we’ll need a favourable result from the Germany-United States game. We were unlucky late in the first half, but it was a great effort to level the match [in second-half injury time]. Now all we can do is to give everything in our very last game and try and make the most of the very little chance that we have left.

Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coachWhen you concede a goal in the last second then it’s unlucky. Our boys put in an extraordinary performance. The journey’s now a little bit longer for us, but we want to beat Germany to confirm our place in the Round of 16. I’m a little frustrated with this draw, but we’re going to work hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again.* *

Tim Howard, USA goalkeeper and Budweiser Man of the MatchWe're a little disappointed, but still optimistic. We thought we'd put one foot in the Round of 16, but we are where we'd aimed to be before the tournament: going into the final game with a good chance of progressing. The coaching staff put in place a great game plan. Portugal didn't cause us too many problems and we could have avoided both their goals. We moved the ball around better and had the clearer chances. We're not going to let the last-gasp goal get us down.

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