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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
USA stun Portugal
America's John O'Brien celebrates scoring the opener against Portugal
O'Brien set the United States on their way to victory
USA 3-2 Portugal

The United States served up one of the World Cup's great upsets, as they out-fought Group D favourites Portugal to record a superb victory in Suwon.

After Senegal had given the tournament's underdogs hope with a surprise win over France on Friday, Bruce Arena's industrious US side entered the realms of footballing fantasy.

After 36 minutes the unfancied Americans were leading 3-0 against one of the world's best teams.

John O'Brien and Brian McBride were the American heroes, scoring before and after an own-goal by Portugal's Jorge Costa.

The United States' three-goal lead owed as much to their endeavour as to a disastrous goalkeeping display by Vitor Baia.

Beto reduced the deficit just before the interval and an another own-goal, this time by American Jeff Agoos, midway through the second half paved the way for a Portuguese comeback.

But the Americans survived the onslaught that followed to send shockwaves through the footballing world with a brilliant win.

4 mins: John O'Brien fires the USA ahead
29 mins: Jorge Costa deflects ball past Baia
36 mins: Brian McBride adds a third
39 mins: Beto pulls one back for Portugal
71 mins: Jeff Agoos own-goal reduces deficit

The game got off to an explosive start, with O'Brien giving the United States a shock lead on four minutes.

From an Earnie Stewart corner, McBride thundered a powerful header straight at Baia.

The Portugal keeper could only parry the ball to O'Brien, who sent a rasping shot into the back of the net.

A stunned Portugal looked a pale shadow of the team which had topped their qualifying group so impressively.

Defensively they were inept and lacked any kind of organisation. Fifa's World Player of the Year Luis Figo could only look on in despair.

Much of Portugal's uncertainty stemmed from Baia, whose display in the first half will linger long in the memory because of its sheer haplessness.

His inability to hold onto the ball or inspire any confidence in his defenders suggested there would be more goals in the game and so it proved.

The United States deservedly extended their lead with half-an-hour gone, albeit rather fortuitously.

Portugal playmaker Luis Figo
Portugal's Luis Figo failed to make an impact
Costa, given a second chance to clear after his initial error, understandably opted against a back-pass to Baia, who had strayed off his line.

But Costa was dispossessed by Landon Donovan, whose quick strike deflected wickedly off the defender and beyond the reach of Baia.

Donovan looked embarrassed, while Baia could not believe he had been beaten again - but it would not be the last time.

An excellent cross from Stewart drifted over Baia and unmarked McBride headed in the United States' third to the delight of Arena and his coaching staff.

The ignominy of a possible defeat to supposedly vastly inferior opponents sparked the Portuguese into action and they pulled one back before half-time.

Open Quote
We played 30 or 40 minutes of outstanding football in the first half
Close Quote
USA coach Bruce Arena

The United States defence failed to deal with a Figo corner and Beto blasted the ball past Brad Friedel at the second attempt.

After the break, Portugal launched wave after wave of attacks in search of another goal.

It came on 71 minutes when Agoos sliced the ball past a helpless Friedel following a cross from Pauleta wide on the left.

The pressure from Portugal was incessant after the second goal, but America held out valiantly to cause one of the biggest World Cup shocks ever.

USA: Friedel, Mastroeni, Sanneh, Pope (Llamosa 80), Agoos, O'Brien, Hejduk, Beasley, McBride, Donovan (Moore 75), Stewart (Jones 45).
Subs Not Used: Berhalter, Cherundolo, Keller, Lewis, Mathis, Meola, Regis, Reyna, Wolff.
Booked: Beasley.
Goals: O'Brien 4, Costa 29 og, McBride 36.

Portugal: Baia, Costa (Andrade 73), Couto, Beto, Jorge (Bento 69), Rui Costa (Nuno Gomes 79), Petit, Sergio Conceicao, Figo, Pauleta, Pinto.
Subs Not Used: Barbosa, Caneira, Capucho, Frechaut, Nelson, Ricardo, Sousa, Viana, Xavier.
Booked: Beto, Petit.
Goals: Beto 40, Agoos 71 og.

Attendance: 37,306

Referee: B Moreno (Ecuador).

  USA Portugal
Corners (1st half) 2 4
Corners (2nd half) 1 3
Fouls committed 18 17
Caught offside 4 2
Shots on target 7 2
Shots off target 4 13
Hit woodwork (back into play) 0 0
Yellow cards 1 2
Red cards 0 0
First half - 2 mins Second half - 3 mins

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry
"Even Portugal couldn't pull it back"
USA's Brian McBride
"We took advantage of our chances"
USA's Coby Jones
"A very good day for US soccer"
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