Portugal v Spain 3-3 Highlights 15 June 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo scores sensational hat-trick as Portugal hold Spain in instant World Cup classic.

All World Cup finals need great players to do great things and there are few who intervene more consistently at the crossroads of the game’s history than Cristiano Ronaldo, king of the big stage and all that happens on it.

Just a hat-trick to declare in this, his 151st cap for Portugal against the great Spain generation of the 21st century, including a third from a free-kick which was one of those moments when he insists that the world stops what it is doing to watch. He hitched up his shorts, shut his eyes for a moment, took a deep breath and then clipped a right-foot shot around the wall so accurately that David de Gea did not even spring for it.

This was a World Cup game for all the ages and if Russia 2018 had so far been about narrow margins and small nations overachieving, then this was the deluxe edition featuring two great sides and ultimately one historical footballer.

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