Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass lights up Day 2 of FIFA World Cup

Nothing but victory on Ronaldo's mind

Ronaldo opened up the scoring early, earning a penalty kick after getting fouled in the box just three minutes into the match.

It was Ronaldo's 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st hat-trick in World Cup finals history. Diego Costa scored twice while Nacho Fernandez netted the other goal for Spain. In the 88th minute, Ronaldo took in the defense, chose his shot, and put the ball where no one could get it.

Some calculated menace and brilliance from Spain's Diego Costa brought Spain level shortly thereafter, only for a Ronaldo effort to catch out the usually reliant David De Gea - 2-1 at half-time.

While Spain bossed possession, Portugal always looked a threat on the break, although young PSG attacker Gonçalo Guedes failed to make the most of a couple of promising attacks.

Spain head coach Fernando Hierro, holds onto Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo arm during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. "We are all members of the same family", he said.

On Ronaldo's free-kick strike rate in major global tournaments - the goal was his first in 45 attempts - Mourinho added that Ronaldo is well practiced from the dead ball.

Added Hierro:"We've all had to adapt very quickly to the new circumstances".




Ronaldo's second goal on the stroke of half-time was down to a awful error from David de Gea, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world. Choosing to use his instep instead of his usual "laces" technique, Ronaldo guided the ball into De Gea's top left corner, rescuing a valuable point for his team in the battle of the Group B heavyweights.

Goal-line technology came into play a few moments later when a Francisco "Isco" Alarcon's shot struck the crossbar and dropped straight down on the goal line.

In the last 10 World Cups, only once has the top scorer had more than six goals in a single tournament - Brazil forward Ronaldo in 2002 with eight.

With Iran, who beat Morocco 1-0 with a late goal earlier on Friday, up next, Hierro said his team would be focusing on staying in Russian Federation as long as possible.

Spain, trying to rebound from disappointing eliminations at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship, will next face Iran, while Portugal plays Morocco.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Portugal team mates.

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