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World Cup 2018: 5 best goals from the first round of games

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#4 Nacho (Spain) vs Portugal

Portugal v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Nacho's sumptuous strike got everyone off their seats

Spain and Portugal provided one of the finest encounters in the history of World Cup when both sides settled for a 3-3 stalemate at the Fisht Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo snatched away two important points from the Spanish, but the latter had their moments in the match. Ronaldo opened the scoring very early in the game, putting the ball past David de Gea via a penalty.

Diego Costa equalized for the 2010 Champions before a horrendous mistake from De Gea helped Ronaldo regain the lead for Portugal.

The second half kick-started on a grandiose note for Spain as Costa tapped in a beautifully headed cross from Sergio Busquets. The scoreline was 2-2, moments later the man who gifted Ronaldo the penalty earlier provided a moment of magic.

The ball ricocheted off Isco's attempt and fell kindly for Nacho, who was around five yards away from the box. He struck it first time and it was an absolute thunderbolt into the back of the net.

Such volleys require great skill and precision to end up inside the netting, and it was quite a goal from the Real Madrid defender, it earned Spain a temporary 3-2 lead.

Published 20 Jun 2018, 03:16 IST
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