Silvestre Varela’s equaliser deep into injury time kept Portugal in the World Cup as their Group G clash with the USA ended in a dramatic draw in Manaus.
The substitute headed in a Cristiano Ronaldo cross after it appeared Clint Dempsey had sent the Americans through.
Portugal took an early lead through Nani, but Jermaine Jones’ superb strike levelled the scores just after an hour.
A draw between Germany and USA will see both through, while Portugal must beat Ghana to have a chance of progressing.
Portugal are relying on a Germany win and must also achieve a six-goal swing if they are to pip the USA to second place and reach the last 16.
Realistically, they had needed to win in the Amazonian rainforest after a4-0 thrashing by Germany in their opening game, but their performance was at least a marked improvement on that showing in Salvador.