Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Cristiano Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half.

Having taken a tumble over club team-mate Nacho's leg, Ronaldo picked himself up to smash the spot-kick past David De Gea.

Some needled Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, with many comparing him to Liverpool keeper Loris Karius, who made two goal-allowing blunders against Real Madrid in the recent Champions League final. The game ended in a draw 3:3.

The Group B standings, on the other hand, have Iran as the leaders as they secured a 1-0 win over Morocco in their opening match on Friday.

"He knew. He knew and that's what I really admire in some players and he is a great example", said Mourinho in his role as a pundit for Russia Today.

He made one within 45 minutes of his first World Cup game for his country. Choosing to use his instep instead of his usual "laces" technique, Ronaldo guided the ball into De Gea's top left corner, rescuing a valuable point for his team in the battle of the Group B heavyweights.

"We have to think match by match", Ronaldo added.

Costa equalised in the 24th as he latched onto a long ball forward by Sergio Busquets, bundled off a challenge from Pepe, slipped through two defenders and slotted his shot past Rui Patricio.

However, on the stroke of halftime a awful error from Spain keeper David de Gea allowed Ronaldo to put Portugal back in front with a left foot shot from outside of the penalty area, which the keeper should have easily saved.

"It wasn't an easy situation, but when you have this extremely good group of young players, and the staff, these excellent professionals, they make your life a lot easier".

Isco thought he scored Spain's second soon after but his sweetly struck volley from the edge of the box struck the underside of the crossbar and then the goal line before bouncing back into play.

Following the goal, Ronaldo shot a cheeky smirk Nacho's way, showing that being club teammates means nothing on the worldwide stage. The ball pinged so hard off the inside of the post it managed to find its way into the opposite side netting.

Portugal and Spain are both now playing catch-up in Group B as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 earlier in the day to top the section.

The only Madrid player to start for Portugal was, of course, the captain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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