[post_page_title]USA 3-2 Portugal, Japan/S. Korea 2002[/post_page_title]
Portugal were a team full of star names when they went to the 2002 World Cup. Many experts believed this was the golden generation Portugal had been waiting for, and they would win the competition. In their opening game, the USA took a 3-0 lead against the Portuguese inside 36 minutes. This was too much for Portugal to recover from and they lost the match 3-2. Thanks to this result they failed to get out of the group stage in one of several extraordinary results in the 2002 tournament.
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