Portugal vs Spain: Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick Mesmerises Fans
India June 16: Portugal's irrepressible captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick as Portugal and Spain shared a point each in a six-goal thriller on Friday in the 2018 World Cup. Ronaldo became the first man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup.
Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups after Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose. He had also scored in the last four European Championship tournaments.
It was one of the most talked about matchups of the group stage. And one of the most entertaining World Cup matches in recent memory. In Group B, Spain and Portugal played out a wild six-goal thriller, with the teams drawing 3-3. Spain overcame a 2-1 deficit to take the lead in the second half before Cristiano Ronaldo completed his hat trick with a crazy late free-kick goal.
Here's how it went down:
Just four minutes into the game, Ronaldo tricked the referee into awarding a penalty kick on a non-foul from Nacho, and he put it away.
Then 20 minutes later, Spain drew level with an absolutely wonderful goal from Diego Costa, who made some moves and found some space for a low rifle.
Then again, 20 minutes later, it was Ronaldo again, who put a shot on frame that Spain goalkeeper David De Gea could not handle, with the first major goalkeeper blunder of the World Cup.
But again Spain had an answer. Ten minutes into the second half, it was Costa again, finishing off a beautifully-executed set piece in front of goal.
Then, another quick punch. As Spain was dominating, it got another goal from Nacho who produced a delicious hit into the corner off the post three minutes later.
But the last laugh would go to Ronaldo. Becoming the oldest player to score a hat trick in World Cup history, the 33-year-old got the equalizer in the 87th minute with an out-of-this-world free kick that left De Gea frozen.
The soccer gods smile down upon fans. What a wild 90 minutes.