MATCH CENTRE

FRI 15 JUNE 2018, 20:00, FISHT STADIUM

3
VS
3

Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal share of the spoils against Spain

by Brian Lee

Fri June 15, 21:59

A goal two minutes from time completed Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in a 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group B match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Friday night.

It was the perfect start for the Portuguese who were awarded a penalty in the third minute after the referee adjudged Nacho to have pulled Ronaldo down inside the box.

Ronaldo duly stepped up and converted in a cool, calm and collected manner to hand Portugal a 1-0 lead.

Spain attempted to hit back immediately and came close to levelling matters in the 21st minute when Andries Iniesta droved into the box from the left and squared for David Silva, but his six-yard shot was deflected just wide of the target.

Three minutes later Spain did find the equaliser when Diego Costa worked his way into the box, beating three defenders before firing home from 16-yards out, 1-1.

In the 26th minute Spain nearly took the lead when Isco tried his luck from 24-yards out, but he saw his thunderous effort strike the underside of the crossbar and bounce away from danger.

Instead, it was the Portuguese side who re-took the lead a minute before the break after a disastrous goalkeeping error from David de Gea saw him fumble a rather timid 18-yard shot from Ronaldo into the net, 2-1.

Ten minutes into the second half Spain levelled matters for the second time when a smart free-kick into the Portuguese box was met by Sergio Busquets as he headed the ball across the face of goal for Costa to tap home from close range, 2-2.

Three minutes later Spain took the lead with a spectacular 20-yard volley from Nacho bent into the bottom corner of the net, 3-2.

Portugal tried to find their way back into the match, but they struggled to get hold of the ball for a long enough to build any pressure.

Ronaldo, though, was not going to go down without a fight and managed to find his third goal of the match two minutes from time with a spectacular 26-yard free-kick that found the top corner of the net, 3-3.

Portugal (2) 3 (Ronaldo 4’ pen, 44’ + 88’)
Spain (1) 3 (Costa 24’ + 55’, Nacho 58’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE FISHT STADIUM
PORTUGAL GOALS SPAIN GOALS
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (4') 19. Diego Costa (24')
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (43') 19. Diego Costa (55')
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (88') 4. Jose Ignacio Nacho (58')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
PORTUGAL STARTING LINEUP SPAIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
21
Defender
3
Defender
6
Defender
18
Defender
3
Defender
58'
4
5
Defender
15
Midfielder
69'
11
Midfielder
70'
6
Midfielder
28'
58'
16
Midfielder
86'
21
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
4'
43'
88'
7
Midfielder
18'
5
Forward/Striker
80'
17
Forward/Striker
24'
55'
77'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
João Mário
Midfielder
58'
10
Thiago Alcantara
Midfielder
70'
10
Ricardo Quaresma
Forward/Striker
69'
20
Iago Aspas
Forward/Striker
77'
17
André Silva
Forward/Striker
80'
9
Lucas Vázquez
Forward/Striker
86'
11
CARDS
Bruno Fernandes
Midfielder
28'
16
Sergio Busquets
Midfielder
18'
5
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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