Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick earns Portugal a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Portugal to deny Spain victory in a what was a six-goal World Cup classic in Sochi.

Spain fought to come from 1-0 and 2-1 down to lead 3-2 in the Group B clash.

However, Fernando Hierro’s men were pegged back right at the end when Ronaldo fired home a trademark 88th minute free-kick to equalise, his third goal of the game.

Diego Costa had scored twice for Spain before Real Madrid defender Nacho put them ahead with a spectacular long-range effort.