Ronaldo double gives Portugal 2-1 lead over Spain at halftime


SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to secure a 2-1 lead over their Iberian rivals Spain at halftime in a pulsating World Cup Group B clash on Friday.

Soccer Football – World Cup – Group B – Portugal vs Spain – Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia – June 15, 2018 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea was at fault with the second goal as he allowed Ronaldo’s low shot from 20 meters to slip through his hands after 44 minutes.

Ronaldo had given Portugal the lead with a penalty after four minutes but Diego Costa equalized for Spain in the 24th when he twisted and turned inside the box before firing home.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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