Portugal earns draw with Spain behind Ronaldo’s hat trick

Nothing but victory on Ronaldo's mind

Ronaldo had won and scored an early penalty to open the scoring and - thanks to a howler from David De Gea - was able to re-establish the lead for Portugal after Diego Costa's equaliser.

That hat-trick was, incredibly, Ronaldo's 51st for club and country, as well as being the 51st scored at a World Cup.

Spain emerged from the half playing keep away and in the 55th minute Diego Costa connected off a lovely set piece that started with a lob from David Silva to Busquets at the right post, who headed it over to Costa for the finish. 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. A 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal give them 2nd and third spot in the table.

Having sacked manager Julen Lopetegui just a day before the World Cup kicked off, Spain were always going to have their back against the wall in their opening match against Portugal.

"We all have to pull together now, it's a situation that no-one has enjoyed but the World Cup has started, and when it's over that's when we can tell the story, we need to speak as little as possible and focus on football", Pique said.

Hierro: You will see the same Spain side as always
The World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday and bring the "greatest show on earth" to the Kremlin's doorstep. I don't feel betrayed. "You can't do things like that, five minutes before it's official".

The Real Madrid star scored via a penalty, left-footed drive and exquisite free kick to earn his side a credible draw in against a star-studded Spanish team.

Portugal captain and Madrid superstar Ronaldo, with only three World Cup goals prior to Friday's blockbuster, stole the show with a stunning hat-trick inside a thunderous Fisht Stadium.

Hierro stated that he does not doubt de Gea's abilities and they take the ups-and-downs as a team. But you have the chance to work with a team with so many good players, young and experienced, it makes everything much easier. We never turned away from the fight, " said Ronaldo. The striker beat defender Pepe to the ball and used several neat moves to clear defenders before firing a low shot into the corner from inside the area. That set up the absurdly clutch and skilled goal from Ronaldo.

Iran picked up its second-ever World Cup victory, prevailing 1-0 when Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz knocked a header in his own goal during second-half stoppage time at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Portugal meanwhile fielded an attacking line up with Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes and Bernardo Silva in the starting 11.

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