Cristiano Ronaldo sets another new record with penalty against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo sets another new record with penalty against Spain

Ronaldo put the Portuguese ahead after just four minutes, calmly converting from the penalty spot after he had been felled in the box by Real Madrid team-mate Nacho.

Cristiano Ronaldo used the World Cup to show everyone he's the GOAT.

Spain had overturned Portugal's lead and was imagining celebrating an improbable comeback when Ronaldo stepped up and curled this unforgettable free kick around the wall, past de Gea and into the goal. In the 88th minute, Ronaldo took in the defense, chose his shot, and put the ball where no one could get it.

"It is Spain and Portugal", he said.

The Manchester United stopper made an error during Friday night's World Cup Group B meeting with Portugal, allowing a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to slip through his fingers just before half time.

"He knew. He knew and that's what I really admire in some players and he is a great example", said Mourinho in his role as a pundit for Russia Today.

The former Spain captain praised the commitment of the players and admitted that it was not easy for him having taken over the reins just two days before their match with Portugal. And neither did the Real Madrid man.

It was Ronaldo's 51st hat-trick and the first one at World Cups.

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"We don't have any doubts about De Gea and he doesn't have any doubts about himself either", Hierro said. So yeah, you could say that Ronaldo had a pretty good day.

However, on the stroke of halftime a terrible error from Spain keeper David de Gea allowed Ronaldo to put Portugal back in front with a left foot shot from outside of the penalty area, which the keeper should have easily saved.

"Diego Costa has also been criticised and he scored two goals". The Iranian soccer team can thank their goalkeeper for an excellent save against Hakim Ziyech's shot on target.

With Iran, who beat Morocco 1-0 with a late goal earlier on Friday, up next, Hierro said his team would be focusing on staying in Russian Federation as long as possible.

The Argentina star had posed with a goat before the tournament, and Ronaldo's actions have been interpreted as a dig.

Portugal have never reached a World Cup final and are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 triumph in France, while Spain will be desperate to prove their humiliating exit as holders four years ago was only an aberration.

Spain: The Spanish looked lost after conceding the early goal to Ronaldo, but Costa's strike helped Hierro's team settle down and even the match.

Portugal were starting to look leggy now, as Spain looked set to secure what looked like a deserved victory.

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