06/22/2014 07:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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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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