Ronaldo 3 Spain 3: Cristiano magic stuns Spain in six-goal thriller

Ronaldo 3 Spain 3: Cristiano magic stuns Spain in six-goal thriller

If he looked a little beleaguered during Real Madrid's third-successive Champions League win last month, Cristiano Ronaldo brought his best form to Portugal's World Cup opener tonight.

It was Ronaldo's 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st hat-trick in World Cup finals history. But 11 minutes later, Costa once again took it upon himself to level the score 2-2 for Spain before before Nacho's thunderbolt gave the Spanish side the much-needed lead in the 58th minute.

Fernando Hierro has backed David de Gea to bounce back from a costly mistake that handed Cristiano Ronaldo an easy goal in the opening match against Portugal. The striker dominated Spain in Portugal's 3-3 draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is challenged by Isco of Spain during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

"We saw two teams that were very good in all faculties, the defence, midfield and attack", he said.

And when the referee blew the whistle, Ronaldo charged forward and sent the ball swerving into the net to bring the match to an exciting draw.

The Spanish federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui for accepting a job with Real Madrid without letting it know in advance.

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He also became the first player to score in eight major tournaments in succession after hitting the target in the last four European Championship tournaments. He fooled de Gea by delivering the ball to the top right with authority.

Ronaldo's second goal on the stroke of half-time was down to a terrible error from David de Gea, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world.

"We could have won 4-2 but when you're playing against someone like Ronaldo these things happen". The ball struck the post before going into the goal.

Remarkably, the result left Iran top of Group B with three points after they earlier beat Morocco 1-0 thanks to a late own goal in a match which was pedestrian by comparison.

Portugal have never reached a World Cup final and are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 triumph in France, while Spain will be desperate to prove their humiliating exit as holders four years ago was only an aberration.

Portugal were starting to look leggy now, as Spain looked set to secure what looked like a deserved victory.

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