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World Cup 2018: Best XI From The First Round Of Games

SOCHI, RUSSIA - June 15: Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Portugal looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The first week of World Cup fixtures has thrown up a number of strong individual and team performances. Many of the favourites have so far struggled to get going in these finals, while the likes of hosts Russia have surprised many by flying right out of the traps. In a first round of fixtures that has seen hat-tricks, brilliant free …

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Spain’s Gerard Pique Hits Out At ‘Dive Prone’ Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) vies with Spain's defender Gerard Pique during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Spain defender Gerard Pique seemingly wasn’t as enamoured with Cristiano Ronaldo as everybody else on Friday night. The Real Madrid forward was on fire in Sochi and scored a brilliant hat-trick as Portugal rescued a 3-3 draw against the Spanish to ensure that they began their World Cup campaign on a semi-decent footing. Not only was Ronaldo central to all …

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Three Things We Learned From Day Two Of The World Cup

SOCHI, RUSSIA JUNE 15, 2018: Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo singing the Portuguese national anthem ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Spain at Fisht Stadium. The game ended in a draw 3:3. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn’t disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to move to …

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Portugal 3-3 Spain: Five Major Talking Points From A World Cup Classic

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his hat-trick during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Spain and Portugal played out one of the greatest World Cup contests in recent tournaments in an all-European clash in Sochi on Friday night. Cristiano Ronaldo, as if it was necessary at this point, elevated his status that bit more with a superb hat-trick Having fallen behind twice, Fernando Hierro’s men showed tremendous fortitude to come back and win the …

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Cristiano Ronaldo Creates International History With Goal V Spain

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal after shooting a penalty kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Nelson Almeida / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

As if it wasn’t the case already, Cristiano Ronaldo enhanced his status as a great of international football on Friday night. The Real Madrid forward was in action with the Portugal national team in an Iberian derby against Spain as they began their 2018 World Cup campaign in Sochi. The match wasn’t even five minutes old when Portugal were given …

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Four Big Questions Ahead Of Spain’s Showdown With Portugal

Spain's coach Fernando Hierro (L) and defender Sergio Ramos attend a press conference at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on June 14, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

European heavyweights Spain and Portugal get their 2018 World Cup campaigns underway when they meet in Group B on Friday night. Preparation for both sides has been less than ideal, with Spain facing an abrupt change of manager this week, while Portugal’s star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a suspended prison sentence just hours before the match and several …

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Accepts Suspended Prison Sentence & €18.8m Fine

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a two-year suspended sentence as well as a hefty €18.8 million fine after being accused of defrauding authorities. Following the news that Cristiano Ronaldo had been accused of defrauding tax authorities of a sum in the region of €14.8 million, questions have loomed over his innocence just hours out from Portugal’s crucial World Cup opener against …

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World Cup 2018: All 32 Teams Previewed Group-By-Group

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The World Cup comes roaring into life on Thursday afternoon, as four years of hard work all boils down to a month-long tournament for the 32 teams involved. Defending champions Germany are among the favourites to retain their trophy, but look set to be pushed all the way by the likes of Brazil and France. Spain will also be there …

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Breaking: Real Madrid Announce Julen Lopetegui As Coach After World Cup

Real Madrid have officially announced that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will succeed Zinedine Zidane as manager following the World Cup’s conclusion. Real Madrid were left in something of a state of shock following the departure of manager Zinedine Zidane after his third consecutive Champions League title victory. Managerless, many high-profile names were in the rumour mill for a spot at …

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Several High-Profile Stars Excluded From Spain’s World Cup Squad

Several of Spain’s most recognizable names are absent from their recently-revealed squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia. Spain’s squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia has been announced and while the vast majority of the names included were to be expected, some high-profile ommissions immediately jump off of the page. Last time around at 2014 in Brazil, …

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