Ronaldo scores brilliant hat-trick as Portugal draw 3:3 with Spain

Ronaldo scores brilliant hat-trick as Portugal draw 3:3 with Spain 1

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a brilliantc late free-kick to earned Portugal a draw with Spain in a classic encounter in Sochi.

The Real Madrid forward’s put the ball pass David De Gea in the 88th-minute swerving set-piece soared into the top corner to deny the Spanish a much-needed victory at the end of what has been a painful week for them in the south of Russia.

Their build-up had been dominated by the shock departure of Julen Lopetegui as boss two days before the tournament started but by the final whistle at the Fisht Olympic Stadium there was only one name on everyone’s lips.

The first goal was 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 when they were at their most vulnerable.

But just before the break David 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 to deal with.

Spain respond 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 and seemed to have given Spain victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo become the fourth player to score at four World Cups.

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