Portugal, Spain good to go, says Onigbinde

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal with a free kick during the Group B match between Portugal and Spain in FIFA World Cup action at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi Russia

Ronaldo's goals played a leading role in making Portugal vs. Spain the 2018 World Cup's first great game and one of the best-ever contests in world soccer's championship tournament.

"It's more important to highlight what the team has done, playing against a favourite for the World Cup".

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea hits out at what he deems to be a lack of support from his home country following his error in La Roja's World Cup draw with Portugal.

Spain manager Fernando Hierro, who took over from Lopetegui, was seemingly heading for a winning start to his reign until Ronaldo once again grabbed all the headlines.

And when the referee blew the whistle, Ronaldo charged forward and sent the ball swerving into the net to bring the match to an exciting draw.

Ronaldo made a nice stepover move to get past Fernandez, his Real Madrid teammate, and was fouled at the edge of the area.

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Instead, Ronaldo stood with his legs apart in familiar pose, rolled up his shorts and curled an exquisite effort around the Spain wall and into the net past the helpless David de Gea. The apparent message? I'm the GOAT, not Lionel Messi.

Portugal loudly complained Costa had fouled Pepe, and replays showed there was contact by the Spaniard's arm with Pepe's body.

Isco thought he scored Spain's second soon after but his sweetly struck volley from the edge of the box struck the underside of the crossbar and then the goal line before bouncing back into play. "Diego Costa was sensational, but we are a team, a family". The ball pinged so hard off the inside of the post it managed to find its way into the opposite side netting.

With Iran, who beat Morocco 1-0 with a late goal earlier on Friday, up next, Hierro said his team would be focusing on staying in Russian Federation as long as possible.

Portugal have never reached a World Cup final and are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 triumph in France, while Spain will be desperate to prove their humiliating exit as holders four years ago was only an aberration.

But he was, typically, Portugal's driving force, Ronaldo sending shockwaves through Spain and raising further doubts about the effects of Lopetegui's departure. It was the star striker who saved the team from defeat with his late equalizer.

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