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15.06.2018 » Portugal 3-3 Spain. Ronaldo shows what legends are made of

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the hero for Portugal in 3-3 draw vs Spain for the FIFA World Cup 2018

Portugal and Spain debuted in the 2018 FIFA World Cup this Friday night and they presented the fans with a terrific show that ended with a 3-3 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had his best performance ever at a World Cup level, sealing another career hat-trick for his nation...

Portugal and Spain drew 3-3 this Friday night in Russia, in their opening match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The man of the night was once again Cristiano Ronaldo and if you were left speechless by that performance don't be alarmed. The rest of the world felt the same as well. Cristiano Ronaldo, what aren't you capable of? An amazing performance, a hat trick in the first game of the World Cup against Spain. It was a tasty Iberian derby that lived up to the hype and certainly left everyone excited about what's left in the tournament. For Madrid fans, the game might have felt like a Civil War of sorts, our favorite players on opposite sides, it was a bit of a conflict but as soon as the match started, it was all about the football...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Portugal vs Spain
Portugal 3-3 Spain
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In fact and even before the match kicked off, you could tell Ronaldo was in the mood. He smiled and winked at the camera as he sang "A Portuguesa" at the top of his lungs. He was ready and excited. Then he proved he was ready...

Ronaldo smartly won a penalty kick against Nacho in just the third minute of the match. Admittedly, Ronaldo was already heading down, but he made sure Nacho made contact giving the referee no choice. As always, Ronaldo stepped up and converted the penalty. It was 1-0 to Portugal and the game sprung to life.

Spain, on the other hand, started to get more involved in the match as time went on. Despite the controversy revolving around the camp with the firing of Julen Lopetegui, the squad seemed to stick together. Isco in particular, was, of course, the leading man as he always is for Spain. And it wouldn't take long before La Roja would be back amongst the goals. It was a brilliant effort from Diego Costa who left on his own chasing a long ball over the top and taking on both Pepe and José Fonte before finishing well past Rui Patricio. All by himself, Costa turned Fonte inside and out before finishing. Less than 25 minutes in and we were heading towards a fantastic match.

The game would continue to excite and Spain began to run riot. Isco hit the underside of the crossbar with a fantastic shot and Spain were looking good.

But right before the half, Ronaldo would strike again. A bit luckier this time, but a goal all the same. Coming back from an offside position, Ronaldo picked up the ball from Gonçalo Guedes and hit a hard low shot towards the net of David De Gea. Shockingly, the Manchester United keeper bobbled the ball and it squirmed into the back of the net as a jubilant Ronaldo sprinted away.

Cristiano Ronaldo penalty-kick in Portugal vs Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2018

Right after the halftime whistle though, we would be right back where we started. A smartly worked free-kick between David Silva and Koke allowed Sergi Busquets to center the ball for Costa, who bundled home his second right on the goalie.

And next Nacho would put in a third. A brilliant volley into the corner of the net off the post. It was his first goal for Spain and a complete redemption from his earlier conceded penalty.

Spain continued to push forward and Portugal looked fatigued as they attempted to regain possession. Spain really looked confident and could have even grabbed a fourth as Costa missed inside the box.

But Ronaldo would have the last say. Fouled by Piqué outside the box, he stepped up for a free kick in the 86th minute. And by now, you know what happened next... A brilliant shot curled into the top corner. A stunning moment. A hat-trick in the World Cup, his first ever and his 51st of his career.

The match would end 3-3 and it may be the game of the tournament. What a match and what a player. Cristiano Ronaldo just cemented a bit more his legend status...

Author: Terrance Ross

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates hat-trick against Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2018

Portugal line-up vs Spain:

Goalkeeper: Rui Patrício
Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Fonte, Cédric
Midfielders: William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonçalo Guedes.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Portugal
vs
Spain
3
Goals
1
9
Shots
13
3
Shots on goal
6
4
Corner kicks
5
12
Fouls commited
10
1
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards

0

33%
Ball possession
67%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal is on June 20 of 2018 against Morocco. You can watch Juventus live stream, Portugal vs Morocco, Argentina vs Iceland, Tunisia vs England, France vs Australia, and Croatia vs Nigeria, all matches provided from our live football game pages.

Portugal next game:
Portugal vs Morocco
kick-off time (20-06-2018):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 20:00
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 19:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 17:30
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 14:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 13:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 09:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 08:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 05:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / skysports.com / si.com / goal.com

Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick in Portugal 3-3 Spain for the FIFA World Cup in 2018

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