On the Day 2 of FIFA World Cup 2018, European giants Spain and Portugal lock horns to start their journey to glory. The first game between Uruguay and Egypt went till the last minutes after Gimenez scored a late header to give Uruguay a 1-0 win! The second game also followed a similar pattern as Iran won by an own goal scored in the dying minutes of the game. Spain vs Portugal offers lot of excitement with technically brilliant players dominating both the line ups.
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# FULL TIME: That's it for today, Gianluca Rocchi has blown his whistle and the game is over.
OH MY.@Cristiano completes his hat-trick with an incredible free-kick!June 15, 2018
# 90+3" Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) picks up an injury, but he is fine to carry on!
# 90+2" A great run by Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) gets him into the box, but his powerful shot is bravely blocked by a defender.
# 4 minutes of added time!
# 90" Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.
# 87" GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo can showcase his brilliant free kick ability, particularly from a distance like this. Hits it perfectly and scores! Hattrick! Portugal 3-3 Spain!
# 86" Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle. Gerard Pique (Spain) commits a foul after dangerous play. Portugal win a free kick. It's a promising situation for a direct shot.
# 85" Iago Aspas (Spain) picks up a pass and unleashes a low shot towards goal, but he can't generate enough power to trouble Rui Patricio.
# 82" Iago Aspas (Spain) picks up a pass and unleashes a low shot towards goal, but he can't generate enough power to trouble Rui Patricio.
# 81" Gerard Pique (Spain) hasn't suffered any serious injury which would see him leave the pitch. He's back in the game now.
# 79" SUBSTITUTION: Andre Silva IN, Guedes OUT (Portugal)
# 79" Handball given as Quaresma touches the ball with his hand!
# 77" SUBSTITUTION: Iago Aspas IN, Diego Costa OUT (Spain)
# 76" Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) got the ball on the edge of the box and fired in a first-time shot on goal, but his effort floated well over the bar. High, wide and not at all handsome.
# 73" The ball possession at the moment is Portugal 32:68 Spain!
# 72" Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.
# 71" A cross from Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) fails to reach the box as the defence clears the ball away to safety. Portugal will have a chance to score from a corner kick.
# 71" Jordi Alba plays a short pass through to Diego Costa (Spain) inside the box, but he scuffs his effort well wide of the right post.
# 69" SUBSTITUTION: Bernardo Silva OUT, Quaresma IN! (Portugal) | Iniesta OUT, Thiago IN! (Spain)
# 68" The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Bruno Fernandes departs the field of play to be replaced by Joao Mario (Portugal).
# 66" Bernardo Silva (Portugal) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
# 63" Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) plays a dangerous chip pass into the box in an attempt to set up one of his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
# 63" Joao Moutinho (Portugal) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
# 62" Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent's defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Portugal will take a corner kick.
# 62" Gianluca Rocchi has a clear sight and sees a foul from Cedric Soares (Portugal).
# 60" Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) produces a poor cross from the free kick which is easily turned away.
# 58" Goal! Nacho (Spain) finds himself in a great position on the edge of the box. He receives a low pass and fires a sweet first-time shot which ricochets in off the left post. What a hit! What an absolute stunner! Spain 3-2 Portugal!
# 55" GOAL!- Sergio Busquets jumps high to meet the resulting free kick and nods the ball into the path of Diego Costa (Spain), who is unmarked inside the box and slots the ball into the back of the net. It's 2:2.
# 54" Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle after Joao Moutinho (Portugal) brings one of his opponents down with a strong tackle. Spain have a free kick from a promising distance.
# 52" Pepe (Portugal) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it misses its target. The ball is behind the touchline and Spain will take a throw-in.
# 48" Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the right post.
# 47" The linesman signals that David Silva (Spain) is offside and the referee confirms the decision.
# Second half has started!
# What a half of football! Goals, tactical brilliance, technical prowess! Join us for the second half!
# HALF TIME: That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their respective dressing rooms.
# 44" GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo latches on to a brilliant pass and hits a poor shot towards the middle of the goal, but the ball goes into the back of the net after the goalkeeper makes a howler!
# 43" Isco attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but the effort is snuffed out by the goalkeeper.
# 43" Spain produce a short pass from the free kick.
# 42" Pepe gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Gianluca Rocchi saw the whole situation. A free kick has been awarded to Spain.
# 42" Looks like Portugal are happy sitting back deep and launch counters! Could be a troublesome thing against a Spain side this good!
# 40" Sergio Busquets attacks the corner from David Silva in the centre of the box, but his header lacks accuracy and goes high over the bar.
# 39" The referee awards a corner and David Silva (Spain) goes over to take it.
# 38" A beautiful low pass from the side is received by Jordi Alba, who was waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away. The linesman makes the right call and Spain will have a corner.
# 35" CHANCE! Jordi Alba finds Andres Iniesta with a sweet pass, but he can't find the target as his effort from inside the box goes just wide of the right post!
# 34" Spain is absolutely sensational to watch when they play their game! Technically brilliant and efficient as well! They are making small triangles to play quick passes!
# 31" TIKI TAKA!!! Spain are playing possession football and controlling the game at present. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player, making it difficult for the opposition to win the ball.
# 28" David Silva (Spain) unleashes a shot from a mid-range free kick that crashes into the defensive wall. The opposition's goalkeeper set it up perfectly.
# 26'' Bruno Fernandes sees a yellow card. He should be more careful because one more challenge like that could result in a red card.
# 25" Isco decided to surprise the goalkeeper with a quick shot from the edge of the box, but his effort crashes against the crossbar.
# 24" Diego Costa finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. Rui Patricio is just a bystander as the ball flies into the left side of the goal. The score is 1:1.
# 24" GOAL! Wait! The referee has now indicated he wants to check if the goal for Spain can stand using VAR.
# 22" The corner from Koke is intercepted by the defence, and Portugal launches a lethal counter attack! Great stuff!
# 21" David Silva misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Silva who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. Spain force their opponents to concede a corner.
# 18" Cristiano Ronaldo decides to have a shot at goal from the free kick, but it hits the defensive wall.
# 17" Sergio Busquets (Spain) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Gianluca Rocchi had an easy-decision to make. Portugal are awarded a free kick. Let's see what they create from this.
# 16" Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort.
# 15" Jordi Alba sends a long ball in, but Rui Patricio comfortably gathers the ball.
# We predicted a 1-1 draw in our preview of Spain vs Portugal! So far so good!
# 13" Isco (Spain) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
# 12" Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.
# 10" Rui Patricio doesn't have to worry about this one. Diego Costa plays a pass into the feet of David Silva, who is unable to find the target as his effort from inside the box goes high over the bar.
# 9" Scintillating start for such a high profile game, the goal has pushed back Spain a bit as they look to dominate possession now!
# 7" Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
# 6" What a start this has been for Portugal, early goal eases so much pressure from them!
# 4" GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) keeps his cool and converts the penalty.
# 3" Nacho (Spain) brings his opponent down. Gianluca Rocchi has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle for a foul. The referee points to the penalty spot. PENALTY to Portugal!
# Kick off!
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Meanwhile, in Sochi...June 15, 2018
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 2 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as third game of the day is between Spain and Portugal as both the European heavyweights clash for the ultimate prize in football!