40 min: Another sharp counter by Portugal and it’s out for a corner, their third of the night. It’s easily cleared, but the US squander a numbers advantage on their own counter-attack.
39 min: Another cross in to Horvath from the same angle but this time the young keeper is there to corral it. Moments later Danilo pounces on to a poor clearance by Horvath, takes a few dribbles and cracks a shot from outside the area, but the keeper is there to swallow it up.
35 min: A bit of a slow patch after the restart with no substantial chances for either side.
GOAL! Portugal 1-1 USA (Antunes, 31 min)
Antunes slices a hopeful ball into the area and the young American keeper steps up to corral it and it somehow slips between his legs and into the goal for an equalizer. Oh dear. It’s an absolute howler and Portugal are level.
28 min: Fox Sports commentator Stuart Holden reports that Alejandro Bedoya would have been the USA captain today, but he picked up a minor injury in the run-up to today’s match.
25 min: An inspired start for the United States keyed by McKennie, the Schalke midfielder who’s been excellent all day. Somewhere, Michael Bradley may be feeling the heat.
GOAL! Portugal 0-1 USA (McKennie, 21 min)
The United States intercept it in the middle third before the ball is played to Sapong on the left flank. He slips it to McKennie in the area and it’s a composed finish at the near post for the teenage debutant!
17 min: The ball is lobbed from the edge of the area over a tightly packed cluster of US defenders to a wide-opne Bruma, but he mishits it and the US clear it to the halfway line again.
15 min: Danilo is whistled for a foul on Sapong in the middle third and late-arriving crowd lets the referee hear it. It’s a free kick from distance and possession is quickly returned to Portugal.
13 min: Lichaj releases up the left wing on an overlapping run but can’t get it under control and he’s quickly dispossessed by Portugal.
10 min: Pepe has been down for two minutes and it’s looks like he’s going to be subbed off. He walks gingerly off the pitch, stopping to hand off the captain’s armband to Danilo. Luis Neto will be coming in. The injury didn’t look too serious, but better safe than sorry in circumstances like these.
7 min: Fernandes in space on the left flank plays a ball toward the far post is Lichaj has to boot it out, giving Portugal the first corner of the match. Nothing comes of it, and now it appears Pepe is down with an injury.
3 min: The US have had a few near-chances early out of their 4-1-4-1 formation. Juan Agudelo is dispossessed in attack and it goes out for what looks like it should be a corner, but the ref points for a goal kick.
1 min: And they’re off! The US attacking from left to right in white shirts with blue sleeves, Portugal from right to left in familiar all-red strips.
A bit of history today for the United States. Midfielder Tyler Adams (18 years, 273 days) becomes the first player born in 1999 to feature for the United States and is the second youngest to earn a cap in 2017 after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 187 days v Honduras in March). He’s making his international debut alongside 19-year-old Weston McKennie.
Here’s a look at today’s teams. Veteran Danny Williams, who is making his first appearance for the United States since a 2016 friendly draw against New Zealand, will wear the captain’s armband for the first time.
Beto; Semedo, Pepe, Ferreira, Antunes; Pereira, B. Fernandes, M. Fernandes, Guedes, Bruma, Martins
Horvath; Yedlin, Brooks, Miazga, Lichaj; Adams, McKennie, Williams, Acosta; Sapong, Agudelo
Hello and welcome today’s friendly between Portugal and the United States at the Estádio Dr Magalhães Pessoa. It’s the first match for the US team since their shocking setback at Trinidad & Tobago five weeks ago that left them out of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.
Acting head coach Dave Sarachan has called up a handful of veterans including Alejandro Bedoya, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafaña, but mostly American fans can expect a look at the future.
Today’s match had been initially scheduled to take place at the Algarve Stadium, but was subsequently moved to the Leiria district, much of which was devastated by wildfires this year. A telethon will be conducted during the match to drum up assistance for the victims.
Kick-off is just over 20 minutes away. We’ll be back with the teams shortly.