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World Cup: Ronaldo key to Portugal recovery as US challenge looms

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MANAUS, Brazil — A wounded Portugal, still hurting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, is fervently hoping that forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take on the United States in their second World Cup Group G game on Sunday.

The thrashing was the biggest loss the Portuguese have ever suffered at a World Cup, and their misery deepened as central defender Pepe was sent off while Ronaldo struggled for form as he battled a knee injury.

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