Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey will be leading the line once again as captain of United States. Getty Images

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USA take on Portugal for their second Group G clash of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Arena Amazonia, Manaus, on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 11pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


USA come into their second fixture at this year's World Cup in Brazil on the back of a hard fought 2-1 victory over Ghana last Monday. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham striker Clint Dempsey put the 13th ranked team into the lead in the very first minute with a solo run from 25 yards out.

However, the African side relentlessly attacked and managed to equalise in the 82nd minute courtesy of Marseille winger Andre Ayew. But Jurgen Klinsmann's side had the last laugh as John Brooks Jr headed home the winner in the 86th minute which was the defender's first goal for his adopted country.

A victory for USA will guarantee them a place in the knockout stages while a draw could prove detrimental to their chances of progressing given that they face Germany in their final fixture next Thursday. But they have already suffered a massive blow as their star striker Jozy Altidore has been ruled out at least for the upcoming week after straining his hamstring against Ghana.

Meanwhile, Portugal kick-started their campaign on a disappointing note after being thrashed 4-0 by a rampant Germany. Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller netted a hat-trick and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels got one goal to his name from a corner.

The 2004 Euro runners-up stand a chance of elimination in the Group stages if they fail to win this crucial fixture on Sunday. Paulo Bento will be hoping that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be fully fit and inspire his side to gain all three points in Manaus.

What Managers Say

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo trained with a brace on his left knee ahead of Portugal's crucial fixture against USA. Getty Images

Jurgen Klinsmann: "We want to take our game to Portugal. We want to get three points tomorrow. We want to qualify for the next stage. We are full of energy. We are very impatient. We can't wait to get this thing started. We'll definitely go for it. This is now the moment where you can prove yourself. This is now the moment that you can step up and play those guys and put them in place. We want to put Cristiano and his team in place."

Paulo Bento: "Either we win or we start packing our suitcases. This is the scenario we have in front of us ... if we draw we are practically packing our suitcases. We know we have a very difficult game ahead of us. We have to change the result. We will go on to the pitch with the same mentality. Just because we lost doesn't mean we have to change anything. This is the same team that got us to the World Cup, the same team that did well in the last European Championship. We know what we have to do."

Prediction: USA 2-2 Portugal

Betting Odds (Bwin)

USA: 7/2

Draw: 29/10

Portugal: 7/10

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Result: Ghana 1-2 USA


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W D W
  • Last Result: Germany 4-0 Portugal

Team News


  • Injured: Jozy Altidore (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Howard; Johnson, Besler, Brooks, Beasley; Beckerman; Bradley, Jones; Bedoya; Dempsey, Johansson


  • Injured: Fabio Coentrao (groin)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Pepe

Probable Lineup: Beto; Pereira, Costa, Alves, Almeida; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo