Ronaldo the hero as Portugal draw 3-3 against an impressive Spain

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The first, a penalty won and converted by Ronaldo following a clumsy challenge courtesy of his Real Madrid colleague Nacho, was one of the tournament's first true talking points.

The Portugal forward hasn't been at his best in past World Cups, but his opening hat trick in Russian Federation is a sign that things are starting to change.

Spain were heading for victory with goals from Diego Costa (brace) and Nacho before Ronaldo's late equaliser.

Silva saw a close-range shot blocked for a corner kick in the 22nd minute and Portugal almost scored from the resulting cross, Ronaldo setting up Goncalo Guedes whose indecision allowed a recovery run to poke the ball away before he could shoot.

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As a result of the tie between Spain and Portugal, Iran has now taken first place in Group B.

"We are not the favourites but we will do our best and try to beat Morocco on Wednesday".

"But this one is the critical one, this one is a crucial point, it can affect the self-esteem, the self-confidence, the way to appear in the next two matches, the rivalry, what it means for Portuguese people who is at home".

He made one within 45 minutes of his first World Cup game for his country. "When you have this staff and these young players, they make it much easier", Hierro said.

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While Ronaldo was the star of the show in Sochi, he was helped on his way to a hat-trick by an error from David de Gea.

Portugal threatened on counterattacks as Spain struggled to get near Rui Patricio's goal, but a great long pass by Sergio Busquets allowed Costa to even the match. And a defender poked the ball free before Guedes could get off a shot.

Spain nearly took the lead when Isco crashed a shot against underside of crossbar but Ronaldo put Portugal back in front just before the break, although Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will be haunted by the awful way he spilled a shot he should have gathered. The Iranian soccer team can thank their goalkeeper for an excellent save against Hakim Ziyech's shot on target. The ball pinged so hard off the inside of the post it managed to find its way into the opposite side netting.

There wasn't a lot of action on an encore filled Fox in primetime last night but things were sure kicking on the Rupert Murdoch owned network earlier in the day as Portugal and 2010 champs Spain face-off in the World Cup.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Portugal team mates.

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