World Cup: Portugal 3-3 Spain
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A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo denied recently appointed Spain manager Fernando Hierro a debut victory in a thrilling match between the two rivals, befitting of The World Cup. Spain got off to an auspicious start and the former world champions were 1-0 down within the first five minutes. Ronaldo was at hand to cause Spain problems early on. Portugal's captain danced his way into the penalty area only for fellow Real Madrid teammate Nacho to bring him down for the penalty. Ronaldo stepped up and sent David De Gea the wrong way, to become one of only four men to score at four different World Cup finals. Spain were caught unaware by Portugal's quick start to the game but ten minutes later the 2010 World champions started to settle down to their normal style of play and beggining to dictate the game. Their first real chance came through Manchester City midfielder David Silva, whose half-volley was blazed over the bar after some great build-up play involving Isco and Diego Costa Diego Costa restored Fernando Hierro's faith in the 24th minute as he leveled things for La Roja. Sergio Busquets picked up the ball from deep within his own half and hit am uncharacteristic long ball towards Diego Costa and Costa shoved off Pepe with ease and sidestepped the defenders to drill the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
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