Monday June 23 2014
Bento: 'Portugal almost out'

Portugal avoided World Cup elimination at the 95th minute, but Coach Paulo Bento concedes “our chances aren’t good.”

The 2-2 draw with the USA leaves them with one point from two rounds, so both America and Germany will progress if they play out a stalemate.

“The result is not good. A 2-2 doesn’t put us out immediately, but it does leave us in a difficult situation. Our chances aren’t good.

“Even if it goes down to goal difference, USA have a positive score and we are on -4.”

Nani had given Portugal an early lead, then Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey turned it all around before Varela’s last-gasp header.

“The 2-2 result was down to our efforts throughout the match. Our opponents only ever really threatened from distance, but we did have difficulties down the right wing and were unable to control them.”