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The record was carved by the Portugal captain in the preliminary round of Group B, precisely against Spain in their first match. The match was fierce and ended in a 3-3 draw.
Ronaldo bought all three of Portugal’s goals against Spain which was guarded by David De Gea. Those goals made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history.
Portugal faced Spain in their first match in Group B. The match was held at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, 15 June 2018.
The match that produced six goals was so tense. Because, the two teams take turns breaking into the opponent’s goal.
Portugal took the lead through Ronaldo’s 4th minute penalty, then Spain replied through Diego Costa’s 24th minute.
Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead again in the 44th minute after his shot from the end of the box escaped De Gea’s catch. However, Spain could take the lead through Diego Costa’s second goal in the 55th minute and Nacho’s spectacular shot in the 58th minute.
Portugal finally managed to secure a point thanks to Ronaldo’s third goal which he scored via a free kick.
The hat-trick against Spain was the 51st hat-trick in Ronaldo’s career at club and national team level. It also made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history.
Ronaldo scored that hat-trick at the age of 33 years and 130 days. He is listed as the oldest player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match.
In the second match, Ronaldo scored the only goal in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco. Meanwhile, Spain won 1-0 over Iran thanks to a single goal from Diego Costa.
In the third match, Portugal drew 1-1 with Iran, while Spain drew 2-2 with Morocco.
Spain and Portugal qualified for the knockout phase as winners and runners-up in Group B with 5 points each.
These two teams then both stopped in the round of 16. Portugal was beaten by Uruguay 1-2, while Spain were eliminated by host Russia on penalties.
At that time, Ronaldo was still listed as a Real Madrid player. However, it was his last season with the Spanish club. On 10 July 2018, while the World Cup in Russia was still going on, Ronaldo joined Juventus.