Ronaldo hat-trick helps Portugal draw 3-3 against Spain

# 23:07
15 June 2018

A magnificent Cristiano Ronaldo display in World Cup Group B match on Friday evening helped Portugal draw 3-3 against Spain, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.


Ronaldo put Portugal ahead twice in Sochi Stadium in the first half, but a strong start to the second half gave Spain a 3-2 lead.


In the 88th minute, Ronaldo took the center stage once again to score a beautiful free-kick to save his team from losing the match.


While Ronaldo scored all of his team's goals -- 51st hat-trick in his career -- Spain's goals came from Diego Costa (2) and Nacho.


Ronaldo's three goals was the 51st time a player scored a hat-trick in the World Cup history.


He became the third Portuguese player to ever score a hat-trick for Portugal. The first came by Portugal legend Eusebio in 1966 and the other was scored by Pauleta in 2002 against Poland.


The 3-3 scoreline meant one point for each team, giving Iran the lead in Group B after the first matches. Iran defeated Morocco 1-0 in the first match of the group on Friday.