Cristiano Ronaldo 3, Spain 3: Portugal star’s hat trick earns World Cup draw

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his sides 2nd goal of the game during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. | Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, capped by a dipping free kick in the 88th minute as Portugal and Spain played to a wild 3-3 draw in the Group B opener for both countries.

Ronaldo scored twice in the first half, only to see Spain rally for a 3-2 lead after two goals in three minutes early in the second half. Nacho Fernandez put Spain in front with a weaving half-volley from outside the penalty area in the 58th that bounced off the inside of the far post and trickled into the net.

Ronaldo had one more brilliant moment to come. Earning a free kick from about 20 yards out, Ronaldo’s shot got just high enough over the wall and dipped under the crossbar. Goalkeeper David De Gea never moved and the Iberian neighbors each earned a point.

Ronaldo scored on a penalty kick he earned in the fourth minute and again just before halftime on a left-footed shot from the top of the penalty area that De Gea should have saved.

Diego Costa scored twice for the Spaniards, including a 55th-minute tally off a beautiful set piece set up by Andres Iniesta’s chip to the end line and a Sergio Busquets header back into the middle of the penalty area.

The draw capped a week of turmoil for Spain after the firing of coach Julen Lopetegui.

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