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How the USA Can Stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal at the World Cup
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In the second game of their “group of death” at the World Cup next summer in Brazil, the United States men’s national team will face Portugal and their megastar Cristiano Ronaldo.

As points in this group—which also includes Ghana and Germany—will be scarce, the U.S. will need to head into the game looking for at least a draw, even if the U.S. happens to beat Ghana in their opening game.

Portugal is ranked fifth in the world and led by likely 2013 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. So, is there any way the U.S. can stop them?

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