Web Desk (June 16, 2018): Cristiano Ronaldo Scores a hat-trick as Portugal earn a dramatic late 3-3 draw against Spain in a thrilling world cup encounter.
Ronaldo earlier opened the scoring, a penalty in the fourth minute after Nacho felled him in the box, before Diego Costa’s bullying low finish dragged Spain back into the match.But just before the break De Gea made a terrible and uncharacteristic error, fumbling a zipping Ronaldo shot through his gloves and over the line. Another dose of adversity for Spain deal with. But Hierro’s men responded through Costa again, the Atletico Madrid striker smashing in from Sergio Busquets’ knockdown nine minutes after half-time, before Nacho redeemed himself with a stunning volley from the edge of the area that crashed in off both posts.
For his part, Ronaldo was in largely anonymous in the second half, a spectator to Spain’s recovery, but he emerged from the shadows of this fascinating spectacle to define the game’s result and in doing so become just the fourth player to score at four World Cups.