Was Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration a claim to greatest of all time?

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo outskirts Moscow Russia Wednesday

Was Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration a claim to greatest of all time?

Inevitably, much of the discussion after the game has centred on a certain Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, whose hat-trick helped Portugal secure a 3-3 draw.

Ronaldo's late equaliser capped a storming encounter which came after a chaotic few days which saw Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro appointed as his replacement.

Spain produced some magnificent football which boes well for their tournament overall, but in Ronaldo, Portugal have a player capable of anything.

But Ronaldo stole the show with his third and most decisive goal of the match.

Costa spurned the chance to score his own World Cup hat-trick when dragging a decent opportunity wide, with Iago Aspas coming on in his place for the final 13 minutes.

While Spain bossed possession, Portugal always looked a threat on the break, although young PSG attacker Gonçalo Guedes failed to make the most of a couple of promising attacks.

The goal marked the second-fastest goal in Portugal's World Cup history, falling only behind Jose Augusto's strike against Hungary at the 1966 edition in England.

"Spain striker Diego Costa produced an explosive performance and pledged to "keep working and keep on shutting people up" after his two goals answered critics who believe he does not fit into the team's style of play".

Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming announcement about his future.

"I've been near a ball for 30 years", Hierro said while dismissing his lack of coaching experience. He also expressed his hopes that Ronaldo would still be around and scoring goals in Qatar in four years' time. He then calmly sent his shot to the right corner as De Gea went the other way.

In the second half, Costa equalised again. Three minutes later Spain took lead when Nacho's thunderbolt flew in off the post and the 2010 champions looked set to close the game out.

The World Cup victory was Iran's first since defeating the United States in 1998.

Costa equalised in the 24th as he latched onto a long ball forward by Sergio Busquets, bundled off a challenge from Pepe, slipped through two defenders and slotted his shot past keeper Rui Patricio.

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