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The statistics from Spain's World Cup draw against Portugal

The statistics from Spain's World Cup draw against Portugal

Ronaldo put the Portuguese ahead after just four minutes, calmly converting from the penalty spot after he had been felled in the box by Real Madrid team-mate Nacho. And a dramatic late Ronaldo free kick cancelled out second-half goals from Costa and Nacho to secure a thrilling draw on the night. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a magnificent hat-trick and Nacho Fernandez threw his name in the ring for the best goal of the tournament. Cristiano Ronalo scores his second goal of the game from dead center and Spain goal keeper David de Gea can't handle the one-hopper. The game ended in a draw 3:3.

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.

"That position is a position I saw him train free-kicks for hours after training, asking one of my assistants to put the wall for him, to stay with him and give him balls", he said.

However, he missed a great opportunity by two-touching the ball when he should have one-timed it at the net. Earlier, he had already been criticized for not saying whether he would continue at Real Madrid after the World Cup.

With his hat-trick, Ronaldo also became the first player to score in eight consecutive major tournaments.

"We have to think match by match", Ronaldo added.

How could you not want to swap any of your players for Ronaldo?

Spain striker Diego Costa, formerly at Chelsea but now plying his trade at Atletico Madrid, also opened his account with a brace in the same match. The striker collided with Pepe and used several neat moves to clear other defenders before firing a low shot into the corner from inside the area.

Spain slowly gained in ascendancy following Diego Costa's fine equaliser, but again Ronaldo restored Portugal's lead - his firmly struck shot squirming out of the normally reliable David de Gea's hands and into the back of the net. The way the team came back was excellent with the goals. Against Andorra, Ronaldo scored four goals in an eventual 6-0 victory.

Portugal starting XI:Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerrero; Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernado Silva, Goncalo Guedes; Cristiano Ronaldo.


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