Portugal, Uruguay and Spain in action

May JohnsonJun 20, 2018

They looked to be home and dry as the final whistle approached but a splendid free-kick by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88th minute gave his side its third goal and saw them escape with a point. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name.

It was the start to what should be a fantastic Russia World Cup.

Recap all the key storylines from the second day of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

He will be hoping his extraordinary competitiveness and dedication to the training ground continues to pay dividends in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, having scored a stunning hat-trick in the Spain match last week.

Previously Iran had just tasted success once when they defeated the Americans in 1998 by 2-1, their first clean sheet came against Nigeria in 2014 when they held the Africans for a nil all draw.

After an inspiring 3-3 draw against Spain a few days back, Portugal are gearing up to face Morocco in their second group stage game.

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"We lost a battle but we haven't lost the war". Russian Federation are now top, while second-placed Uruguay are expected to defeat Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to set up a battle for top spot next Monday against the host nation.

Spain were not the only pre-tournament favourite to suffer disappointment in their opening game.

The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a "simple malfunction".

Earlier, Senegal secured a first win for an African nation at this tournament, benefiting from a awful error from Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to beat Poland 2-1 in Moscow.

Pepe, the Portuguese centre-half, was more open about the wonderful first game of his teammate.

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