Cristiano is prone to throwing himself - Pique slams Portugal star

It is a pleasure to work with these players, who have shown such maturity, personality and desire. "One is grateful when one has folks who are so committed".

At 33 years and 131 days old, Ronaldo becomes the oldest player in World Cup history to score a hat trick, according to ESPN.

- Make your picks with ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018! Diego Costa added his first World Cup goal in the 24th minute to put Spain on the scoresheet. But beyond the drama of a see-saw game - one of the best group openers we've seen in a long time - and the fact that they are two points off the top, there are positive takeaways for both teams.

The teams arrived in Russian Federation as favorites to share first and second in the group, but the draw leaves them two points behind Iran, which defeated Morocco 1-0 earlier Friday.

"We have to take it match by match and move on through the group stage".

"[De Gea] is one of our own", Hierro said.

A massive heave up the pitch from Sergio Busquets was taken down by Diego Costa in his characteristically bullish manner, before he checked back twice and beat Rui Patricio with a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Rubiales was unhappy with the timing and the lack of transparency behind the announcement that Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid coach next season.

On Portugal's mindset: "We are 23 players and our head coach can only chose 11 to start the game with". We never turned away from the fight, " said Ronaldo. It leaves you with a unusual feeling. "It's very fortunate for whatever team has Cristiano Ronaldo". Busquets was the man who once again set up Costa.

Spain absolutely knows how to overcome, four years after it descended to a dud in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, opening with a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands that made it look elderly and following that with a 2-0 loss to Chile that booked it back across the Atlantic. From the first half, it looked like things would get much worse for them before it got any better. Today for sure they will be a bit happier.

Lopetegui was unbeaten in 20 global games in charge of the national team, so his new replacement Fernando Hierro has big shoes to fill with a very short amount of time to prepare his squad for the match.

"This team has shown that it has pride and heart". "We've come back and equalized twice, we feel great commitment and pride". Their service includes Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo (in most markets) so you can stream the game in English or Spanish if desired. He had also scored in the last four European Championship tournaments.

"It is an error, only those of us who pull on gloves and go out on the field know just how hard it is".

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