Spain had overturned Portugal's lead and was imagining celebrating an improbable comeback when Ronaldo stepped up and curled this unforgettable free kick around the wall, past de Gea and into the goal. The ball went into the top corner as Spain goalkeeper David de Gea watched.
Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal's opener against Spain, implying he is the Greatest of All Time.
Heading in to the 2018 World Cup, the most anticipated matchup was the Group B showdown between powerhouses Spain and Portugal. I gave him a long embrace, we know that being a goalkeeper requires special psychology and is a hard position to play in.
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The Spanish federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui for accepting a job with Real Madrid without letting it know in advance.
On Ronaldo's free-kick strike rate in major worldwide tournaments - the goal was his first in 45 attempts - Mourinho added that Ronaldo is well practiced from the dead ball.
De Gea added: "The example of Diego Costa is clear in my mind". We never turned away from the fight, " said Ronaldo.
Spain quickly got into their stride and Costa equalized in the 24th minute as he latched onto a long ball forward by Sergio Busquets, bundled off a challenge from Pepe, slipped around two defenders and slotted his shot past Rui Patricio. Against Andorra, Ronaldo scored four goals in an eventual 6-0 victory. The ball struck the post before going into the goal.
There wasn't a lot of action on an encore filled Fox in primetime last night but things were sure kicking on the Rupert Murdoch owned network earlier in the day as Portugal and 2010 champs Spain face-off in the World Cup.
Portugal meanwhile fielded an attacking line up with Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes and Bernardo Silva in the starting 11.