Portugal showdown as world cup draw throws up Spain

Portugal showdown as world cup draw throws up Spain Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the 2018 World Cup group stage, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw. Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds. It was Portugal, the reigning European champions, who were handed an Iberian derby…

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Ronaldo hat-trick, Portugal thump Faroes

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, his fifth for his country, to lead the European champions to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday. The 32-year-old, Portugal’s record scorer, took his haul in the current qualifying campaign to 14 goals in seven games and his overall tally to 78 in 144 international appearances. The win left the Portuguese in second place with 18 points from seven games in Group B. Leaders Switzerland are three points clear after beating Andorra 3-0 in a…

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