Best images as Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helps Portugal draw 3-3 against Spain

Sport360 staff 16/06/2018

A majestic Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Portugal salvage a 3-3 draw against Spain in what was a World Cup classic, played out on Friday.

The 33-year old scored a penalty to put his team ahead in only the fourth minute of the game. But Spain bounced back, thanks to a superb solo goal from Diego Costa in the 24th minute.

Manchester United star David de Gea‘s error cost Spain dearly just before half-time though as Ronaldo’s shot was not caught well and Portugal went 2-1 ahead.

Spain responded soon in the second-half, Costa kicking the ball into the net after Sergio Busquets’ headed assist.

Three minutes later Spain made it 3-2, after Nacho Fernandez’s rocket hit the post and then went in.

During the closing stages of the game, Gerard Pique‘s foul just outside the penalty area, awarded Portugal a freekick and there was only going to be one man taking it.

Ronaldo’s freekick was placed perfectly and a helpless de Gea could just watch it sail inside as Portugal leveled things at 3-3.

And while the game might have ended all square – it was certainly not short of entertainment and emotions.

Here, we take a look at some of the best pictures from the game!

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Phil Jones vows to put on a much better performance against Eden Hazard in World Cup clash

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Phil Jones in training in Russia

Phil Jones is not dwelling on his part in Manchester United‘s galling FA Cup final defeat and is sure there will be no hangover if he faces tormentor-in-chief Eden Hazard at the World Cup.

Final preparations are being made ahead of Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, before the Three Lions take on minnows Panama in Nizhny Novgorod and highly-rated Belgium on June 28.

Gareth Southgate’s men will be hoping there is nothing riding on that final group game given the threat posed by Roberto Martinez’s highly-talented Red Devils, whose captain in Russia is twinkle-toed Hazard.

The 27-year-old arrives at the World Cup fresh from a match-winning display for Chelsea in the FA Cup final, netting the penalty he won against Manchester United by drawing a foul from out-of-sorts Jones.

“It was c**p,” the United defender said. “But that’s football. These things happen.

“You move on – you have to because I can’t sit on my a*** and dwell on it for weeks and weeks and weeks then I’d be ready to jump off a bridge if I think like that.

“It was disappointing, gutted, but that’s football. These things happen and there’s no point.”
It was a rare bad day at the office for normally dependable Jones, but the mismatch does not bode well ahead of the meeting in Kaliningrad.

“It happens to every single player, all over the world, every day,” the England defender said.

“Some get highlighted more than others, that’s football.

“I’m used to it now and I like to think I’m wise enough and experienced enough to deal with it and get on with it.

“(Hazard) has got to be up there with the best players, but I think there are a number of talented players all over the squads. We’ve got some here as well.”
England certainly look well placed to atone for recent major tournament failures this summer.

The 26-year-old is one of the five survivors from the squad that embarrassingly exited the 2014 World Cup at the group stage, but there is an air of positivity about the group moulded by Southgate.

“I feel there is more structure, everyone knows their jobs, their roles and what is expected of each other,” Jones said.

“Not just on the pitch but off the pitch. It works.

“I guess there is a clearer identity. I am not saying there was not previously but there is a different dimension and different way of doing things in certain situations.

“The lads have responded well.”

Eden Hazard gave Jones a torrid time at the FA Cup final

Eden Hazard gave Jones a torrid time at the FA Cup final

Jones spoke openly about a variety of issues at England’s media centre in Repino, from his Panini sticker to Twitter, and hotel curtains to the comparisons he has had to deal with over the years.

Sir Alex Ferguson once said he could be Manchester United’s best ever player and Sir Bobby Charlton likened him to Duncan Edwards, while former England boss Fabio Capello uttered him in the same breath as Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro.

“No, it doesn’t bother me,” Jones said. “They are nice things to hear.

“When you are at a club like Manchester United or Manchester City, you are always going to get bigger hype, bigger headlines than if you are at a lesser club, no disrespect.

“You wouldn’t be studying me as much and that is part and parcel of being at one of the biggest clubs in the world. I love it.

“I remember one headline after the Italy game away (in 2015) and someone said I was ‘no (Andrea) Pirlo’ or something like that.

“I could have told them that before the game! “I remember thinking ‘no s***, Sherlock!’

“But that’s midfield. You have a laugh and a joke about it.”

Jones may be self-deprecating about his ability, but there is no little pride in his achievements to date.

“I’ve done well,” he said. I’m still at United, since 2011-12 and six years on I’m still there.

“I’m sure after the World Cup there’ll be some other story about me going somewhere else. But I am not interested.”

For now, his only interest is Monday’s match in Volgograd – and the chance to finally put hard work into action against Tunisia.

“It is about getting started now,” Jones added. “We are playing Monday so there are a few days left to train well and prepare well.

“You get itchy feet, now. We want the games to come around and we are ready.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo confident of World Cup progress after Portugal's draw with Spain

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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Portugal will progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup after his hat-trick stunned Spain in an astonishing 3-3 draw in Sochi.

Ronaldo – at 33 years and 130 days – became the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick, twice putting Portugal ahead before his 88th-minute free-kick secured a precious point.

It was the 51st treble of Ronaldo’s goal-filled career as he became the fourth player to score in four different World Cup and the first to do so at eight consecutive international tournaments.

“We have to look to the next match now because our goal is to win,” Ronaldo said.

“We have to take it match by match and move on through the group stage.

“We are not the favourites but we will do our best and try to beat Morocco on Wednesday.

“I think the team played very well and is going to do well for sure.”

Ronaldo’s records might stack up like his goals, but he was determined to focus on the team ethos of the reigning European champions.

Spain dominated for large periods – Diego Costa twice equalised and Nacho putting them ahead with a superb strike – but Portugal rallied in the final moments for Ronaldo to level.

“I am very happy, and I always believe in myself,” the Real Madrid forward added in quotes reported on fpf.pt.

“It is one more (hat-trick) in my career but the most important thing to me is to highlight what the teams has done.

“We played against a favourite team that wants to win the World Cup and we were winning twice during the game.

“We almost made those three points and we managed to draw. We are very happy because this game was about to end and we managed to equalise.

“We have to evaluate what the team did because it was a very hard-fought game.”

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