Jenny Taft recaps the epic match between Portugal and Spain

16 June, 2018, 18:15 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Ronaldo Salutes Salah

La Roja's debut defeat in the World Cup of 1998, was marked by Andoni Zubizarreta's own goal.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are expected to step up their interest in Cristiano Ronaldo this summer as they look to make their first marquee signing under Thomas Tuchel, according to reports.

Newly-appointed Fernando Hierro stressed the importance of continuity for Spain on the eve of their World Cup opener with Portugal.

The hottest debate in football over the last decade has been between those who think Ronaldo is the greatest and those who prefer Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo had twice put Portugal in front, and yet he was required to score a superb 88th-minute free-kick to grab a point after Spain had fought back brilliantly.

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Ronaldo is now the oldest player to have recorded a treble at the World Cup finals, while he has also netted at eight straight worldwide tournaments.

In doing so, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup at the age of 31. A 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo showed his class scoring a hat-trick against the Spanish. "The team is doing everything very well".

Since first appearing for Portugal at a major tournament in Euro 2004, Ronaldo has bagged at least one goal in every big event where he has featured. By the way, he had a hat trick. We are not the favourites so we will try to do our best. His focus is fully on the World Cup, with Portugal's next match against Morocco in Moscow next Wednesday.

"Spain striker Diego Costa produced an explosive performance and pledged to "keep working and keep on shutting people up" after his two goals answered critics who believe he does not fit into the team's style of play". We have to give credit to what the team has done. "Now we have to think about the next match, which will also be hard".

In 2014, Spanish authorities said he was late in declaring that year just €11.5 million of revenue earned in Spain for the period 2011-2014 when his earnings in his country of residence totalled €43 million.

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