Victory over Ghana was unpleasant for US team

SAO PAULO, Brazil – After nearing behind during their bedrooms during about 4:45 a.m., winning American players skipped breakfast Tuesday, slept late, went for medical tests and incited their courtesy to Portugal.

The United States non-stop a World Cup query with a stirring 2-1 Group G feat over nemesis Ghana on John Brooks’ 86th-minute goal. But Americans Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Matt Besler and Alejandro Bedoya all got harm to several degrees.

Altidore, taken off on a bracket after straining his left hamstring, appears doubtful to play opposite a Portuguese on Sunday.

“We’ve got to see how he now reacts a subsequent integrate days,” U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We’re full of wish that he comes behind still in this tournament.”

Players wish to turn a initial U.S. organisation to win uninterrupted World Cup matches given a 2-0 start during a initial contest in 1930.

“Woke adult today, this morning, and we demeanour during your Instagram and Twitter and we see a videos that people posted,” Bedoya pronounced of fans behind home celebrating Brooks’ goal. “It’s unequivocally cool, and I’m certain everybody feeds off this energy.”

The compare drew 11.09 million viewers on ESPN, a record for men’s soccer on a network. And after decades when U.S. soccer fans felt outnumbered — even during home games — players took notice of a rough red, white and blue-clad throng during Arena das Dunas in Natal.

Before a subsequent match, a U.S. group needs to reanimate a little.

Captain Dempsey, a Sounders FC actor who set a tinge when he scored 30 seconds in, had his nose damaged by a shin to a face from Ghana defender John Boye when they battled for a ball. Klinsmann pronounced he expects Dempsey to play Sunday in a Amazon rain-forest collateral of Manaus.

“I don’t know how most a facade can strengthen him,” Klinsmann said. “It was wily during a game. He hardly could breathe. He struggled with that. But once it’s broken, it’s broken. It will take time to reanimate completely.”

Dempsey is expected to be interconnected adult front possibly with Aron Johannsson, who was ineffectual as Altidore’s replacement, or Chris Wondolowski.

Besler, like Altidore, went for an MRI. The defender felt tenderness in his right leg late in a initial half and was transposed by Brooks for a start of a second.

“Matt is no problem. All excellent for a subsequent game,” Klinsmann said.

Bedoya pronounced he had a hip pointer, a reoccurrence of an aged injury, afterwards close adult in his hamstring.

Portugal also has damage issues and will have to change a right side of a defense. Pepe was ejected in Monday’s 4-0 detriment to Germany after he seemed to conduct boundary Thomas Mueller. Right behind Fabio Coentrao was taken off on a bracket and brazen Hugo Almeida limped off. Coentrao is out for a tournament.

Tuesday’s Group H games

Russia 1, South Korea 1

Alexander Kerzhakov scored in a 74th minute, with one of his initial touches after entrance on as a substitute, to acquire Russia a draw.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev spilled Lee Keun-ho’s suppositional long-range shot into his possess net to present South Korea a 68th-minute lead in Cuiaba.

Belgium 2, Algeria 1

Belgium non-stop a Cup debate with a quip victory, as substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens scored in a second half in Belo Horizonte.

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