Christiano Ronaldo’s 51st hat trick in his career enabled Portugal to draw its 2nd round World Cup match played against Spain in Sochi, Russia yesterday (15th) night. Ronaldo scored his 82nd, 83rd and 84th career goals for Portugal to match Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956. His hat trick also brought him level with Ferenc Puskas for the most international goals by a European player.
Ronaldo had twice given his side the lead in the first half, only for Diego Costa to equalise each time for a Spanish side who dominated play on a steamy night on Russia’s Black Sea coast. The match was drawn sides scoring 3 goals each.
Spain dominated the play but they couldn’t contain Christiano.who’s opening goal from the penalty spot allowed him to become the fourth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.
In the opening game of the World Cup played in Moscow on the 14th Russia beat a weak Saudi Arabian team 5 – 0.
The matches being played today (16th) are: France vs Australia (3.30 p.m.), Argentina vs Iceland ( 5.30 p.m.) and Peru vs Denmark (9.30 p.m.)