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Tim Howard's Acrobatic Save Kept U.S. Alive Against Portugal (GIFs)

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Tim Howard of the United States makes a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) | Elsa via Getty Images

There is a reason that U.S. soccer fans proudly chant "We have Tim Howard." The U.S. goalkeeper made an incredible diving save deep into the first half to deny Portugal a goal that would have doubled the deficit his team was facing.

With Portugal already leading 1-0 thanks to an early defensive miscue, Howard made a fingertip save on a shot from Eder in the 45th minute. Moments before that save, Portugal striker Nani, who scored the opener in the World Cup clash in the Amazon, banged a shot off the goalpost as Howard dove to his left. The ricochet came to Eder with Howard still getting up off the pitch. Eder's right-footed shot seemed headed for the back of the net when Howard leapt up to make a stunning save with his right hand.

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