Cristiano Ronaldo´s scores hat-trick in a six-goal thriller and earn a point for Portugal
The entertaining Group B encounter in the second day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw Spain recovering twice in the match; however, it was sensational Real Madrid star striker who pulled all alone to save a point for The Navigators with his hat-trick.
Ronaldo gave an early lead to Portugal through a penalty kick when Nacho brought down Ronaldo inside the box. Star striker made no mistake by sending De Gea to the wrong side.
Twenty minutes later Diego Costa made a brilliant run to send the ball past Portuguese custodian to level up the score. However, the De Gea mistake cost Spain in the 44th minute when he failed to collect Ronaldo´s low effort and the ball rolled in at the far corner of the net past Manchester United keeper.
The second half proceedings saw Spain fight for the comeback and Diego Costa once again strike to bring back Spain at the level in the 55th minute. Four minutes later Nacho stroke from a brilliant half volley that flew into the target to give Spain 3-2 lead before an hour mark.
The frustration was building on Portuguese side as the time is ticking away and when it seems Spain will take the full point from the encounter Cristiano Ronaldo showed his brilliance and scored his hat-trick from a free kick to save The Navigators from losing the point. This was his 51st hat trick in his football career.
Both sides shared a point each after 3-3 scoreline at the end.
Full-time: Portugal 3-3 Spain
90: Three minutes added
88: Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo completes his hat-trick.
86: Substitution for Spain David Silva OFF Lucas Vazquez IN
80: Substitution for Portugal Goncalo Guedes OFF Andre Silva IN
77: Substitution for Spain Diego Costa OFF Iago Aspas IN
70: Substitution for Spain Thiago Alcantara OFF Andres Iniesta IN
69: Substitution for Portugal Bernardo Silva OFF Ricardo Quaresma IN
68: Substitution for Portugal Bruno Fernandes OFF Joao Mario IN
58: Goal!! Nacho scored for Spain
55: Goal!! Diego Costa scored for Spain
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: Portugal 2-1 Spain
45: One minute added.
44: Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal
28: Yellow card Bruno Fernandes
24: Goal!! Diego Costa scored for Spain
17: Yellow card Sergio Busquets
4: Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal
1: First half kick off
Spain subs: Daniel Carvajal, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Marco Asensio, Jose Reina.
Spain Line-up: David de Gea; Nacho, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Koke; David Silva, Isco, Andres Iniesta; Diego Costa.
Portugal subs: Bruno Alves, Manuel Fernandes, Andre Silva, Joao Mario, Anthony Lopes, Ruben Dias, Ricardo Pereira, Gelson Martins, Mario Rui, Ricardo Quaresma, Beto, Adrian Silva.
Portugal Line-up : Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes.