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World Cup live blog: June 22

June 22, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Belgium vs. Russia, followed by South Korea vs. Algeria at 3 and the United States vs. Portugal at 6.

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(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

And a pretty good one at that to make the Top 16. We broke EVERY … SINGLE … SCENARIO down to provide the most complete guide to the ins, outs and fancy little loopholes in FIFA’s official qualifying rules as they pertain to the United States and the rest of Group G. School yourself here.

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We pegged him more of a baseball man, but, hey, soccer’s on the rise in America.

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(Jorge Silva/Reuters)

(Jorge Silva/Reuters)

The day started off slow between Russia and Belgium but ended in the most thrilling last minute ever with Portugal sneaking one by the U.S. goalkeeper just before the final whistle to secure the draw. Phew.

But in case you missed any of it, here’s the days recap of all three matches. Click here.

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Sad fans in Chicago. (TANNEN MAURY/EPA)

Sad fans in Chicago. (TANNEN MAURY/EPA)

It was so close. SOOOOOOO close! There were just a few seconds to go before USA chants would surely echo through the air of the entire 50 states and District of Columbia. Alas, such glorious celebrations were not meant to be. A last-ditch effort by Portugal actually worked and U.S. fans had to settle for a draw just when they started believing they’d actually won. Sad Internet is sad.

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Literally, it was a last-minute goal by Silvestre Varela with an assist by Cristiano Ronaldo, who finally — finally! — did something great in this year’s World Cup.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Clint Dempsey said after the match. “We were just unlucky.” Dempsey also added that he and Team USA are still looking at the bright side, however, noting that the team still earned a point. “I thought we played well tonight.”

The United States is now tied with Germany for first place in the group with four points each. If the U.S. can win or draw with Germany, they will go into the Top 16. If they lose, however, things will get a little more complicated and depend almost entirely on the outcome of Ghana’s match with Portugal. If Ghana and Portugal draw, the U.S. will move forward. If one of those teams wins, however, then things like goal differential and even goals scored might need to be looked at. Basically, that’s when you’d have to break out the abacus.

Click through for the complete stats of and full match recap.

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(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Graham Zusi exits and Omar Gonzalez comes in to run around in stoppage time.

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Blue arrows are successful passes. Red are failed attempts. Yellow is goal strike by Dempsey

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Source: FourFourTwo

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Wondolowski is an offensive player, but surely, he was subbed into run fast to play defense for the Americans.

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(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

The Portuguese star is also having issues staying onside. As the commentators noted, all the other stars of the World Cup, including Neymar, Suarez and Messi, have all scored. Ronaldo has not.

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It’s 2-1! Dempsey used his abs to pop it in!

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The American clutched his hamstring and limped off to the sidelines, where he indicated that he wants to go back in. Meanwhile, John Brooks, the last-minute scorer that led the U.S. to win against Ghana, is on the sidelines ready to go in.

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(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

The result was inconsequential. The Portuguese failed to convert. Jones was booked for a sloppy tackle.

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Alejandro Bedoya exits; DeAndre Yedlin enters. Team USA is beefing up its defense now.

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Game on, everybody! It was a perfect kick, really. Jermaine Jones crossed the ball through the penalty box, allowing it to grab the right side of the net. The goalkeeper didn’t even make a move. Spectacular goal.

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Portugal's goalkeeper Beto takes a water break. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

Portugal’s goalkeeper Beto takes a water break. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

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That was a kick to get you out of your seat. Michael Bradley booted one strong into a goalkeeper-less net, but Portugal’s Ricardo Costa was able to make the save. The score is still 1-0, Portugal up.

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I believe that we will win! I believe rapper Lupe Fiasco has already won.

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Andre Almeida (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

Andre Almeida (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

Portugal made its second substitution at minute 46 at the beginning of the second half. The team has just one substitution left. The United States still has three.

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