What a game! The match that had everything, ends in a draw. Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his 51 career hat-trick. Spain will be disappointed to share points with Portugal after they reassembled twice through Diego Costa before Nacho put them in lead with a bullet from outside the penalty box. However, a sensational goal from Portugal’s Ronaldo in the 89 minute sealed the draw. A fine show from both the top teams from Group B.
Here are the updates from the epic encounter:
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That was ridiculous.
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FULL TIME!! Portugal 3-3 Spain. Absolute stunner!
90+1 minute: Spectacular play from Ricardo inside the box but the Spanish defenders block the danger away.
4 minutes of stoppage time
Portugal 3-3 Spain
86 minute: GOAL!! HAT-TRICK for Ronaldo, as he curls the ball into the top-right corner. What an extraordinary goal from the goal-scoring machine.
86 minute: Key moment in the game as Ronaldo draws a foul right outside the penalty box.
83 minute: Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure as he angrily passes the ball to Jordi Alba for Throw-in.
81 minute: Lucas Vázquez shoots one into the Portugal goal but Rui Patricio plunges on to the ball.
10 minutes to go. Spain 3-2 Portugal
79 minute: Substitution! Portugal's Andre Silva replaces Guedes.
76 minute: Substitution! Iago Aspas replaces Spain's hero of the match, Diego Costa.
72 minute: Portugal's Fonte fails to get direction up front.
70 minute: Substitution for Spain. Thiago Alcantara replaces Iniesta. Iniesta is sent off with a standing ovation from the crowd.
69 minute: Another substitution for Portugal, Ricardo Quaresma replaces Bernardo Silva.
67 minute: Substitution! Portugal's Joao Mario in for Bruno Fernandes.
62 minute: Free-kick for Spain after Isco goes down.
David de Gea breathes a sigh of relief!
58 minute: GOAL!! Nacho fires a stunner into the bottom corner.
54 minute: GOAL!! Spain rejoices after they equalise with a simple free-kick. Diego Costa scores from close range.
53 minute: Iniesta is fouled right under the nose of the referee. Free-kick to Spain.
48 minutes: That's rare. Ronaldo gets beaten in the air by club teammate Sergio Ramos.
46 minute: Spain looking determined to equalise. Tiki-Taka, the need of the hour for Spain.
Spain looked completely in control when a terrible error from Spain’s David de Gea handed Portugal the lead. Cristiano Ronaldo, the man behind both the goals, won a penalty after a foul from his Real Madrid teammate Nacho. Spain responded with a brilliant a solo goal from Diego Costa. What a first-half that was.
44 minute: GOAL!! Ronaldo scores off his left-foot, but a surprising error by David de Gea gifts Portugal and Ronaldo their second goal of the match. Portugal 2-1 Spain
42 minute: Fourth corner for Spain, comfortably saved by Rui Patricio.
40 minute: Portugal have struggled to get past their half after the equaliser, with Spain looking very smooth with the possession.
37 minute: Corner for Spain. David Silva takes the shot but it was too high for Busquets to make contact.
34 minute: Spain are operating inside the Portugal half. Lovely play for the Spaniards. Iniesta misses the post by a whisker. That was close!
29 minute: David Silva tries to curl the ball in but his attempt is blocked by the Portugal defence.
26 minute: Yellow card!! Portugal's Bruno Fernandes booked with a yellow card after he trips Isco outside the box. Free-kick for Spain.
25 minute: What an effort! Spain are right back in the game. Isco shoots a bullet but the ball is cleared from the Portugal defenders.
22 minute: GOAL!!! Pepe goes down, Diego Costa on his own, displays wonderful skill and scores a solo on the bottom left corner. Spain 1-1 Portugal
Interestingly, Portugal have never lost a World cup match after scoring the opening goal.
20 minute: Wonderful play by Spain's midfielders but need to find space up-front.
17 minute: Yellow card!! Sergio Busquets booked for challenging Goncalo Guedes. Free-kick for Portugal from a dangerous position. Ronaldo's free-kick does not get past the Spain wall.
15 minute: Portugal fail to capitalise on the counter-attack as Spain defender clears the ball away.
This was Portugal's quickest World cup goal since 1966.
12 minute: First corner of the match for Spain.
Portugal 1-0 Spain
4 minute: GOAL!!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores with a shot on the top right corner.
3 minute: PENALTY conceded by Nacho after a foul in the Penalty box.
Spain XI: David de Gea, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Koke, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Isco, Iniesta, Diego Costa.
Portugal XI: Raul Patricio, Cedric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo