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National team ties Spain 3-3 in spectacular first World Cup match

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The Portuguese national football team tied Spain 3-3, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a spectacular hat-trick, in the teams’ first Group B match in the 2018 World Cup in Sochi, Russia.

National team ties Spain 3-3 in spectacular first World Cup match

A 3rd minute penalty for Ronaldo opened the scoreboard followed by a Diego Costa tie in minute 24. Ronaldo got the lead back in the 44th minute beating Spanish goalkeeper De Gea who got a hand to the ball but was unable to stop it.

Portugal started the second half in the lead but in the 55th minute Spain’s Diego Costa turned in Busquet’s header from a free kick, equalising at 2-2.

Nacho took Spain into the lead in the 58th minute with a spectacular first goal for his national side. Ronaldo was not finished for the night, though and an 89th minute free kick brought the game back to a tie. It was his 45th free kick for Portugal in an international tournament and only the first one he scored.

Portugal and Spain kicked off their first group B match in Sochi at 9pm local time on Friday. Earlier in the day Iran - coached by former Portugal national manager Carlos Queiroz - beat Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg after a Moroccan own goal.

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