Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Portugal and Spain play out pulsating World Cup draw

first_imgHowever, with just five minutes left, the Real Madrid talisman stepped up to slam a free-kick into the top corner and leave David De Gea helpless.The draw means Iran late Group B after their late win over Morocco earlier in the day.The game started at a breathless pace with the Portuguese looking to press and counter-attack their Iberian rivals at any given opportunity.Ronaldo won a contentious penalty against his club colleague Nacho, although replays showed there was contact. Ronaldo was imperious on the night and dragged a very mediocre Portugal side to a point.MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe free-kick which will be spoken about throughout this tournament and beyond was sensational.Although he has a unique style of striking the ball, Ronaldo is not the most prolific dead-ball specialist.But when his country needed him, he stepped up and delivered.TABLE Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second 5 Ronaldo strikes a beauty into the top corner to rescue a point Nacho’s volley was a thing of beauty 5 Ronaldo scores his penalty center_img With five minutes of normal time remaining and a free-kick 25 yards from goal, the former Manchester United man rolled up his shorts and smacked a wicked shot past De Gea for the third and final time.A pulsating match which neither side deserved to lose, but the spotlight will be on the majesty of CR7.STAR MANFor the first hour or so, it seemed as though it Diego Costa against Cristiano Ronaldo!The duo both led the lines superbly for their respective nations but, in the end, only one man came out on top. 5 5 5 Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in one of the most entertaining World Cup group games of modern times as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain.Nacho looked like he had secured an impressive win for La Roja with a stunning volley in Fernando Hierro’s first game in charge as Spain came from behind to take a 3-2 lead. Ever the man for the occasion, he duly dusted himself off and stepped up to give his country the lead.Twenty minutes later, the Spanish were level thanks to an incredible finish from Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.Despite consulting VAR, the referee awarded the goal and ruled the Spaniard had not deliberately impeded Pepe.But Portugal took the lead once more when Ronaldo hit a fierce shot at David De Gea – which the Manchester United man inexplicably allowed to roll through him.As the second half begun, Spain looked firmly in control.A tap in from a set-piece saw Costa grab his second of the game before a moment of magic from Nacho.A first time volley from the edge of the area swerved past Rui Patricio in the opposition net  and looked to set Spain en route to all three points.But cometh the hour, cometh the man.last_img