America won: 3:2. The score was 3:0 as of the 39th minute of the match, but the Portuguese squad did not manage to save the day. America scored four minutes into the game; the first goal was scored by John O’Brien. A Portuguese player hit the ball in the goal of his own team, and eight minutes later, Brian McBride score the third goal. However, five minutes before the end of the first half, a Portuguese player scored a qoal, and the second half was marked with constant attacks from the Portuguese squad. The percentage of the activity was 65% to 35% in the Europeans’ favor.
Portugal received the final goal by Jeff Agoos, but the Portuguese team was done and the Americans won.
The USA and South Korea are the leaders in their group with three points. Portugal and Poland share the third and fourth positions, respectively. The Americans reached the 1/8 finals during the World Cup of 1994, but then lost to France. Now, America promises its squad $100 thousand for each point that they make.
Sergey Yugov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969