Photos: U.S. and Portugal Fans in NYC React to Yesterday’s Nerve-Racking World Cup Draw

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev; Alyssa Tanchajja

A U.S. victory over Portugal yesterday would have qualified the Americans for the knockout round while eliminating Portugal’s hopes of advancing out of the group stage. Of course, that didn’t happen: A Silvestre Varela header tied the game at two late in stoppage time, shocking the U.S. and keeping Portugal’s World Cup dreams alive. To chronicle the day’s ups and downs for fans of both countries, Daily Intelligencer sent photographers to Pao on Spring Street (where Portugal fans watched the game) and to Lonestar Bar and Grill in Bay Ridge (the meeting place of the U.S. supporters group American Outlaws Brooklyn). Here’s a look at the scene at both spots.

Fans at both bars kicked things off by singing their respective national anthems:

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
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Photo: Alyssa Tanchajja

Fans of Portugal were ecstatic when Nani scored in the eighth minute:

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

American fans, not so much:

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Photo: Alyssa Tanchajja

U.S. supporters cheer after Jermaine Jones’s goal evened the score at one:

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Photo: Alyssa Tanchajja

Sad Portugal fans react to Jones’s goal:

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

American fans could taste victory when Clint Dempsey’s goal in the 81st minute gave the U.S. the lead for the first time:

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Photo: Alyssa Tanchajja

Meanwhile, at Pao, Portugal fans could see their team’s hopes of advancing fading away:

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

The scene at Pao when Silvestre Varela tied the game late:

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Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

The scene at Lonestar Bar and Grill, where Varela’s goal left U.S. fans stunned:

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Photo: Alyssa Tanchajja