Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled Portugal an 'average' team after Paulo Bento's side came within seconds of being eliminated from the World Cup.
The Real Madrid forward looked far from full fitness during the game against the USA but still delivered a fine cross for substitute Silvestre Varela to head home in the 95th minute as Portugal stole a dramatic point, keeping them in the World Cup.
Portugal now need to overcome Ghana in their final group game and hope Germany beat the USA to stand any chance of progressing from Group G.
And Ronaldo has revealed he never felt his side could win the World Cup after another lacklustre performance left their World Cup in doubt.
"Maybe we're an average team," he said to reporters.
"It would be a lie to say that we are a top team. We have many limitations and suffer from injuries such as with Pepe [who was suspended] and [Fabio] Coentrao. This limits us a lot. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level. This does not enable you to beat top teams.
"There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us. I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level. I'm not a hypocrite, I never thought we could win the tournament."
Questioned about whether his injury problems were affecting his peformance, Ronaldo refused to divulge further about the extent of the problem, but hinted a long season with Real Madrid has affected him.
USA 2 Portugal 2 player ratings
USA 2 Portugal 2 player ratings
1/22 USA: Tim Howard
His part in Nani's goal was questionable, but made amends with a wonderful recovery save to deny Eder. 7/10
2/22 Fabian Johnson
A real threat going forward as the USA continually targeted the right flank. 7
3/22 DaMarcus Beasley
Expected a tough night against Portugal's attacking flair, but used his nous to keep them quiet for long periods. 6
4/22 Geoff Cameron
Looked nervous in uncustomary central position, and was at fault for the game's opening goal. 5
5/22 Matt Besler
Showed real guts to continue when injured, and made some key interceptions. 7
6/22 Jermaine Jones
Tackled well in midfield, and his willingness to have a go from distance was eventually rewarded with a tremendous equaliser. 8
7/22 Kyle Beckerman
Steady without being spectacular in midfield. 6
8/22 Alejandro Bedoya
Nantes man played his part in the midfield battle before eventually being subbed. 6
9/22 Michael Bradley
A night to forget for the experienced midfielder, who missed a sitter and then gave the ball away in the build-up to Varela's late equaliser. 5
10/22 Graham Zusi
Came in on the left-hand side, and performed admirably. 6
11/22 Clint Dempsey
The captain was everywhere in the first half, and, while he tired significantly, in the second, still managed to pop up with what looked like the winner. 8
12/22 Portugal: Beto
Stand-in goalkeeper was helpless to two US goals, but made some standard saves when called upon. 6/10
13/22 Joao Pereira
The Valencia full-back performed his role without drama. 6
14/22 Andre Almeida
Endured a difficult 45 minutes at left-back before being substituted. 5
15/22 Bruno Alves
Selected despite struggling with injury and was culpable of a lazy clearance before America's second goal. 5
16/22 Ricardo Costa
The pick of the Portugal defenders, who cleared brilliantly off the line to keep out Bradley's shot. 7
17/22 Miguel Veloso
Classy midfielder was at the heart of much of Portugal's best play. 7
18/22 Joao Moutinho
Kept possession well, but was often unable to find Nani or Ronaldo with killer balls. 6
19/22 Raul Meireles
Spent most of his time on the deck, and had little impact before his removal. 5
Bagged an early opener, and was a few inches of woodwork away from adding a second before half-time. 7
21/22 Cristiano Ronaldo
With a whole country's expectation upon him, he again faltered, but still delivered a wonderful cross just when they needed him most. 6
22/22 Helder Postiga
The curse of Portugal's strikers struck again as he departed injured inside 16 minutes. 3
"I don't want to justify myself by talking about my physical problems, that's water under the bridge," he added.
"Every day there's something new in the papers about my knee, and about this and that. That's why I don't want to justify myself. I'm here body and soul to help the national team.
"I'm here, I'm fighting, I'm trying to do my best, I'm running, and obviously it's no use talking about my issues.
"Obviously we had a very long season, but every team here did as well. They were also playing the Champions League and cups and leagues, so it's something everyone else could point out as well."