It was a six-goal thriller at Sochi, Russia as the Group B second match between European champions, Portugal and 2010 World Cup champions, Spain staged a cracker and the most spectacular match of the tournament so far.
World’s best footballer for five times and winner of third consecutive European Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal stamped his authority by scoring three goals for his country.
Ronaldo had scored a second minute penalty in what was the fastest World Cup goal since 1966 through a penalty.
He was tripped from the left flank of the pitch inside the 18 yard box and scored the goal himself.
The goal was however equalized by Spain’s Diego Costa, a former Chelsea forward, who later scored another to still cancel Ronaldo’s second goal at the early minutes of the second half.
Spain however went ahead with a quick third goal from a long volley from the right side of the pitch.
Some minutes before end of regulation time, Ronaldo, the Portugal captain was brought down by Gerard Pique, the Spanish defender who also plays the same defence role for FC Barcelona.
The curled high shot by Ronaldo over the defence wall landed right inside the net from the far end of the right hand side of the post, a shot De Gea, Spanish goalkeeper who also mans the goalpost for Manchester United had no answer for.
The two sides leveled at three goals each as they prepare for the next two matches of the group where each of them would meet Morocco and Iran. Morocco was earlier in the day defeated by a lone goal by Iran.
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