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Ronaldo stages last-minute rescue

Pin-point cross enables teammate Varela to deny the US automatic qualification and to keep Portugal's World Cup dreams alive

THE Thunder Burger & Bar restaurant in Washington DC, a popular American diner in the Georgetown district packed with people decked out in red, white and blue, had been about to explode with joy.

Leaving their food largely untouched, they sat glued to the TV screens as they watched...