FULL TIME — SPAIN 3 – PORTUGAL 3
Cristiano Ronaldo turned in a truly legendary performance on Friday, willing his team to a result in the World Cup almost singlehandedly. Spain convincingly outplayed Portugal on the night, but Ronaldo scored a hat trick, including an 88th minute free kick to steal a 3-3 draw and keep Portugal’s chances of winning Group B alive.
Portugal led 2-1 at halftime, but Spain completely dominated the second half. Diego Costa added to his first-half strike with an equalizer early in the half, and Nacho followed up with a stunning strike to give his team the lead. But Ronaldo drew a free kick just before the end of time, then placed his shot perfectly from 20 yards.
This result means Group B is wide open. Iran leads with three points, while Morocco only finds itself one point back of the two giants despite a bad result. Portugal and Spain, on one each, will both feel like they can go on to win the group.
88’ GOAL FOR CRISTIANO RONALDO OFF A FREE KICK. HAT TRICK. 3-3. OH MY GOD.
You knew Cristiano Ronaldo was going to hit that free kick the minute he hiked his shorts up to his hips.
The intensity starts with the THIGHS.
Weird that Cristiano Ronaldo is paying Spain back on time.
84’ — Cristiano Ronaldo just ran into David de Gea, who is having a rough day in a lot of senses of the word. I always forget how big Ronaldo is until he gets near a teammate in frame and looks bigger than the listed 6’2 and 184 pounds. In American football he’d be a fantastic wide receiver — right down to begging for flags after incidental contact.
(Seriously he’s fucking big for the neighborhood.)
79’ — Is this a good place to mention how good the opening games of the tourney have been? Even Russia/Saudi was a proper blowout, and if you’re going to go blowout you go ALL the way with it. Five goals to nil is absolutely commitment to the #beatemdown.
72’ (3:29 p.m. ET) — Spain is continuing to threaten. Diego Costa is now at WWE levels of sweatiness. Finn Balor-level baby oil sheen, really.
68’ — True verified facts: No one has ever won a World Cup without a defender nicknamed Nacho, not even Germany. (I don’t care if this is true because it should be.)
58’ — GOAL SPAIN, AND IT’S AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY FROM NACHO. 3-2 SPAIN. WHAT A GAME.
It’s 2010 up in here all over again with a very, very tiki-taka goal.
The number one song for 2010, coincidentally, was “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha, which is close to tiki-taka and also a reminder that everyone went a little overboard with alternate spellings in the early mobile phone culture era.
55’ — GOAL FOR SPAIN. IT’S DIEGO COSTA AGAIN, THIS TIME FROM BUSQUETS AND SILVA. 2-2.
We all told Portugal to get more men. DIEGO COSTA IS STILL OUT THERE AND YOU STILL NEED MORE MEN. Never mess with a man who looks like he sleeps on a pillow full of hammers. Don’t ask me what this means exactly, it just applies to Diego Costa and his craggy mug.
It. Just. Does.
46’ — Welcome to the second half. Pepe has already been blamed for a goal, David de Gea completely imploded in goal at the worst possible time, and Cristiano Ronaldo made a penalty kick when it mattered most. Expectations start at “Rain of frogs and Andres Iniesta emerges from locker room with hair plugs.”
HALFTIME — 2-1 PORTUGAL
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice, with Diego Costa pulling back with an incredible solo effort. But the big talking point is David Da Gea, who needs a hug.
44’ GOAL. IT’S CRISTIANO RONALDO AGAIN AFTER A DAVID DA GEA HOWLER. 2-1 PORTUGAL.
The exact sum of money it would take for me to play goalie in a big international game is somewhere around $40,000,000 and I’m still going to fake an injury in the 28th minute.
41’ — Glad to see Casper, Wyoming is still mad about Iberia not supporting the Allies in World War II.
37’ — This is no insult to any of the teams that have played so far, but the difference in skill and coordination between everyone on both teams in this game is on another level.
Only criticism: the lack of outstanding haircuts.
26’ — Isco rockets a shot off the crossbar. Aaaaaaaand after 25 minutes of looking relatively toothless Spain has their good teeth in and is ready to eat.
24’ GOAL FOR SPAIN, DIEGO COSTA DOES IT HIMSELF. 1-1
DIEGO COSTA IS SPANISH FOR “YOU NEED MORE MEN”
Pepe opened the entire sequence of embarrassments for Portugal’s defense by writhing on the ground and exaggerating in order to try and draw a foul. He did get pushed off on the play, but what I really wanted to point out here is that Pepe relied on the cops. NEVER RELY ON THE LAW, PEPE.
20’ — This is an extremely technical note that people not super well-versed in soccer might not appreciate, but: Portugal’s jerseys are definitely way, way tighter than Spain’s.
I’m sorry if that lost you, but you gotta keep up here.
9’ — Fortunately as we all know Portugal’s history in the World Cup never involves them blowing leads, wasting generational talents, or losing to Spain head-to-head.
4’ GOAL FOR CRISTIANO RONALDO, PORTUGAL LEADS 1-0
Two and a half minutes into the match and we already have our first extremely dramatic, spring-loaded Ronaldo dive.
Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on a penalty kick he earned with theatrics and Spain is down 0-1. Current Ronaldo shininess: gleaming like a well-polished doorknob.
0’ — KICKOFF. Here we go.
1:56 p.m. ET — Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world’s most inexplicably shiny person.
Also strong move by the host country to make sure the Russian language stadium announcer has the deepest, most intimidating voice imaginable.
1:52 p.m. ET — Hi, y’all, Spencer her now. Let’s watch together and receive the answer to the most important question in the world: Who is the best soccer team in the Iberian peninsula?
Pregame: Hey everyone, we’ve got SB Nation Editor-At-Large Spencer Hall here running our live blog for this match. Let’s. Do. Some. Soccer.
There’s plenty of attacking talent on the pitch for Spain and Portugal in the main event of Day 2 of the World Cup. Spain is playing all of Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta together, while Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes join Cristiano Ronaldo up top for Portugal.
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De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Koke; Silva, Isco, Iniesta; Costa
Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; W.Carvalho, Moutinho, Fernandes; B.Silva, Guedes, Ronaldo