Portugal’s superstar Ronaldo gave a befitting reply to the critics who considered Portugal as the underdogs in this edition of the World Cup. Ronaldo drew the first blood minutes after the match commenced and showed why he’s referred as one of the greatest of the time at the moment.
His heroics continued till the 88th minute where he scored a sumptuous free-kick that helped his side save the game for the day.
Spain, the 2010 World Cup champions played had full control over the game but Ronaldo. Their coach heaped praises for the Los Blancos superstar after the high octane game ended in a draw following Ronaldo’s match-saving heroics.
“When I play against a player like Ronaldo, these things can happen,” said the Spanish coach Fernando Hierro, the newly appointed coach. He further added,” It’s very fortunate for whatever team has Christiano Ronaldo”.
Ronaldo had given his national side the much-needed lead by smacking 2 goals in the first half of the game, but it seemed like the 2010 Champions were not in a mood to surrender without a battle. The Spanish superstar Diego Costa equaled Ronaldo with a goal in both the halves with Nacho Fernandez finally smacking it from outside the area in Spain’s favor to take the tally 3-2.
There were a couple of records that seemed to have been added to Ronaldo’s name in the yesterday’s game. He became the 4th player to have scored in 4 World Cup editions and made his way to the league of Pele, Uwe Seeler, and Miroslav Klose.
Portugal’s head coach Fernando Santos was in full awe of the superstar Ronaldo, who celebrated with a GOAT impression after he scored his 1st goal in a matter of minutes. “I’ve said it so many times, Christiano is the best in the World,” said Fernando Santos.
Spain’s goalkeeper David de Gea stood helplessly as the ball hurled into the top corner following a late shot from Ronaldo. The Spanish team might have thought of taking this victory to clear aside all the controversies and talks surrounding the immediate sacking of Julen Lopetegui, unfortunately, Ronaldo had some plans of his own.
He went past his Real Madrid companion Fernandez but seemed to have committed a foul at the edge. Ronaldo, then very coolly smashed it to the right corner while De Gea expected it to go the other way. While going back to the midfield, he exchanged few words with Fernandez which brought a smile on the Portuguese star’s face.
Ronaldo’s 2nd goal was more of an advantage given to him by the Spanish goalkeeper De Gea who couldn’t get his hands on the ball and allowed it to bounce off which allowed the Portuguese superstar to hurl it from the outside area.
Costa and Busquet’s combined effort helped Spain level up the scores with Fernandez going in for the final shot towards the goal after the ball sprung up towards him from the Portugal defense.
Spain would have to win back the trust of the people, after their dismal performance in the 2014 World Cup eliminators and 2016 European champions and would be facing Iran in the upcoming game.
Portugal and Spain were expected to hold the 1st and 2nd positions in 2018 World Cup, but now lie behind Iran in the group points table as Iran managed a lucky victory over Morocco.
Spain might have expected a win in yesterday’s battle which would have ensured their chances of survival till the later stages, but they lost to a man named Christiano Ronaldo.