Portugal and Spain started off their Russia 2018 World Cup campaign with a thriller encounter that saw both sides score three goals each in a match that recorded the highest number of goals so far in the tournament.
The thriller 3-3 result came from the two European sides after the duo of Egypt and Morocco who are two of Africa’s representatives at the World Cup failed to score a single goal in their opener against Uruguay and Iran respectively.
Though the two African teams lost by late goals each, but the European encounter later that day between Spain and Portugal should be a source of inspiration between African players.
African strikers at the Russia 2018 World Cup must have watched the desire and passion to score which the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa exhibited, making Ronaldo register the 54th hat-trick of the World Cup, while Costa had a brace for himself.
Ronaldo opened the scoring through an early penalty after he was brought down in the 18-yard-box, but Costa showed courage when he took on three defenders a few minutes later to cancel the goal in a clinical manner.
Though Ronaldo scored a second to make his side take the lead for a second time, Costa who equalized making the scoreline 2-2 was later substituted when his side took the lead through Nacho’s 58th minutes goal.
But it was Ronaldo’s strike again through a free-kick in front of the edge of the 18-yard-box in the 88th minutes that leveled up the scoreline at 3-3 making the game a harvest of goals.