Cristiano Ronaldo weaved his magic wands once again as he produced a world-class performance to deny close neighbors Spain victory in the Iberian derby.
The Spaniards came from behind twice to race to a 3-2 lead and seemed as though they were coasting home with the three points, till Ronaldo stole the headlines with an exquisite finish from a set piece that clinched a 3-3 draw.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick became the 51st of his career and the 51st hat-trick at the FIFA World Cup. His first goal from the spot meant he joined the likes of Miroslav Klose (2002,2006,2010,2014), Uwe Seeler(1958,1962,1966,1970) and Pele (1958,1962,1966,1970) as the fourth player to score in four consecutive World Cups.
The Real Madrid star man also became the first player to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro2012, World Cup 2014, Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018). In addition, he also became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the World Cup at 33years and 131 days beating the record set by Rob Rensenbrink of Netherlands who at 30 years and 336 days, scored a hat-trick against Iran at the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
In the other group game, a late own goal from Morocco meant that Iran currently tops the group with three points ahead of the two Iberian neighbors and the North Africans.