By Izuchukwu Okosi
Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of the night as European champions Portugal held former world champions Spain to an exhilarating 3-3 draw in Friday evening’s second Group B game of the World Cup.
Ronaldo, with 151 caps, created a piece of history with a hat trick and scored the European champions’ first goal through a penalty in the 4th minute after he was fouled in the Spanish penalty area. He had never scored against Spain previously.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa equalises albeit controversially as he seemed to elbow Pepe, turning brilliantly away from a challenge twenty minutes later. The VAR however ruled the strike to be fair
Isco’s shot hit the under of the bar soon afterwards.
Andreas Iniesta’s low shot went agonisingly close ten minutes to half time.
Ronaldo then grabbed his brace and Portugal’s second s minute before half time break as his left footed shot was married into the net by David de Gea in a most embarrassing piece of goalkeeping.
Costa scored his 8th goal in his last eighth start in the 55th minute bundling home the ball from a freekick although Goncalvo Guedes felt hard done by a suspect foul in the build up to the goal.
Right back Nacho who gave away the penalty from which Ronaldo scored a penalty, redeemed himself with a screamer from the edge of the box three minutes later to make it 3-2 for Spain.
It was the Real Madrid man’s first goal for the former world champions.
Ronaldo grabbed his third goal two minutes to full time with an exquisite freekick which was the 51st hat trick of the FIFA World Cup. The strike is the 84th in an illustrious international career for the current World Footballer of the Year.