Cristiano Ronaldo News: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face Spain in the UEFA Nations League in their next game, with a spot in the semi-finals at stake.
Both sides are in League A Group 2 in the UEFA Nations League and have played five matches each in the group stage. Portugal top the group with 10 points from those matches.
Spain, meanwhile, sits second with eight points from five games. Both sides have one match left in the group stage, and the winner of the group will progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League.
A draw would be enough for Portugal to finish as group leaders while nothing less than a win would take Spain to the semi-finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo News: When Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain in the 2018 World Cup
Ahead of the match between the Iberian rivals, let’s talk about what happened when the two sides met in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Portugal and Spain were in the same group at the 2018 World Cup. The two sides played out an exhilarating and entertaining 3-3 draw in their opener.
It was Ronaldo who shone the brightest in that match as he bagged a hat-trick to secure a point for Portugal.
Portugal went ahead just four minutes into the game after Ronaldo himself had won a penalty. Nacho tripped Ronaldo inside the box, and the referee pointed to the spot-kick. Ronaldo coolly converted the kick to give Portugal the lead.
Spain, though, restored parity in the 24th minute, with Diego Costa finding the back of the net. Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead again, this time on the stroke of halftime. De Gea should have saved Ronaldo’s shot, but the Spaniard spilled it into his own net.
Costa again equalized for Spain, tapping home from close range in the 55th minute of the match. Spain then took the lead three minutes later, with Nacho’s volley finding its way into the Portugal net.
Portugal was heading for a defeat when Gerard Pique fouled Ronaldo in a dangerous position outside the box. Ronaldo stepped up to take the free kick and sent it into the back of the net to salvage a point for Portugal.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be aiming to help his side to a victory or at least a draw and ensure their progression to the semi-finals when they face Spain. Portugal comes into the game after a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic.