Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic in Sochi on Friday.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo cashed in an 88th minute free-kick to snatch a point for Portugal after a second-half goal from Nacho put the Spaniards 3-2 ahead.
Earlier, Ronaldo had twice put the European champions in front only for Diego Costa to bring Spain level on each occasion on a steamy night on Russia's Black Sea coast.
But then Ronaldo stepped up to send his free-kick from 25 yards up over the wall and into the net, as the Iberian neighbours settled for a point apiece in this Group B encounter.
It was a remarkable signal of intent from the current Ballon d'Or winner, who had never made a serious impact in any of his previous three World Cups, only managing to score one goal in each.
In one night the Real Madrid superstar doubled his World Cup finals goal tally, and made history by scoring at an eighth consecutive major tournament going back to Euro 2004, when he was still a teenager.
The evening had started in style for Ronaldo, as he scored a fourth-minute penalty after going down in the box under a foul from Nacho, playing at right-back with Dani Carvajal not fit.
As expected, Twitteratis didn’t waste time to shower CR7 with adulations. Here’s a look.
Two hours ago, I had more career World Cup goals than Ronaldo, clearly making me the better player. Then he scored a hat trick ??♂️??♂️— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) June 15, 2018
-We have tiki-taka— Oh My Goal (@OhMyGoal_US) June 15, 2018
-We have Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/9HIFZXVQzN
When you see Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/5tCJsHUB4e— La Roja ?? (@nancymadrisco) June 15, 2018
Messi: "Siri, who's the best player in the world?"— Shit Mexicans?? Do (@SOMEXlCAN) June 15, 2018
Siri: "Cristiano Ronaldo" pic.twitter.com/z3IIv5IVav
?? Cristiano Ronaldo today:— BetBright (@BetBright) June 15, 2018
?? Given a 2 years suspended prison sentence and €18 million fine for tax evasion by Spanish authorities.
? Completes his hattrick vs Spain. pic.twitter.com/DOs9jH9MVu
(With inputs from PTI)
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