US-Portugal match attracts record viewers

Washington: A record number of Americans watched the FIFA World Cup Group G match between the United States and Portugal, cable sports network ESPN said.

The match, which ended 2-2 Sunday, drew 18.2 million viewers to become "the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever" and the biggest event on ESPN that wasn`t professional or college American football, reports Xinhua.

The previous record was held by the 1999 Women`s World Cup final between the United States and China that attracted nearly 18 million Americans.

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