Ronaldo scored three times against Spain for Portugal to manage sharing points with former World Cup winners.
Debatably inferior Portugal faced an experienced and technically gifted side in their first 2018 World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium, and produced an entertaining match which resulted into a draw.
Man of big occasions Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to overcome possessive Spaniards who threatened to win after bouncing from back twice.
An early challenge by Nacho at the 4th minute against his Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo led to a penalty which the 33-year-old smartly scored.
20 minutes later, Brazilian born Diego Costa equalized after teasing and managing three Portuguese defenders before shooting as usually past Rui Patricio.
A minute to the end of first half saw Ronaldo shoot from outside the box past English Premier League’s best goal keeper David De Gea to restore Portugal lead.
Atletico Madrid centre forward Diego Costa added more effort to accomplish his brace and leveled terms again at the 55th minute before Jose Inacio Fernandez Iglesias [Nacho] savagely shot into the net to give Fernando Ruiz Hierro’s right to smile at the 58th minute.
Unfortunately because of Ronaldo who becomes bigger as the stage, the moments of joy lasted for half an hour for Heirro.
Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique fouled the Portuguese captain few distance from the box for the referee to award a set piece which the Real Madrid forward used to equalize.
He took a breath and curved towards the enormous space De Gea left on the right top side of the post.
The third goal became the 51st hat-trick Ronaldo scored in his career for both club an country and the 51st hat-trick in the world cup history.
Ronaldo admitted his side is not the best but promised the world will see them do their best.