Magic Ronaldo lights up World Cup with hat-trick to deny Spain

Lydia FlemingJun 17, 2018

The Portugal forward hasn't been at his best in past World Cups, but his opening hat trick in Russian Federation is a sign that things are starting to change. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a magnificent hat-trick and Nacho Fernandez threw his name in the ring for the best goal of the tournament.

Goncalo Guedes teed up his captain Ronaldo, whose shot from 20 yards was straight at David De Gea, but the Manchester United goalkeeper could only help it on its way.

Should Spain and Portugal progress, both will be confident against either Russia, Uruguay, Egypt or Saudi Arabia from Group A in the last 16.

Portugal will face Morocco on Wednesday in their next group game, while Spain take on Iran.

In the later match opposing Portugal and Spain, we saw an extraordinary Cristiano Ronaldo leading his team.

Ronaldo's hat-trick against one of the tournament's favourites, Spain, doubled his goal tally at the FIFA World Cup.

De Gea's mistake would prove costly as Spain and Portugal ended up sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw, and while the 27-year-old was happy with the support within the Roja camp, he was critical of the situation outside it.

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"Above all we have to stress the efforts of the team", Ronaldo told the media after the game, per football writer Tom Kundert.

"But when you have the staff and these excellent young professionals it makes your life a lot easier".

Ronaldo made that miss pay just before the break with his second of the day - his low-and-hard shot receiving an assist from De Gea, who shockingly bundled what should have been an easy save into his own net.

"Diego Costa has also been criticised and he scored two goals". The way the team came back was excellent with the goals. The ball pinged so hard off the inside of the post it managed to find its way into the opposite side netting.

Portugal have never reached a World Cup final and are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 triumph in France, while Spain will be desperate to prove their humiliating exit as holders four years ago was only an aberration.

24-Spain's Diego Costa beats a pair of Spanish defenders with some nifty moves then delivers an absolute screamer past Portugal goal's goal keeper, going top left shelf to even the score at 1-1. That set up the absurdly clutch and skilled goal from Ronaldo.

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