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Spain were on the cusp of a flawless ending following days of turmoil, minutes from a spectacular triumph over Iberian rivals Portugal to start their World Cup.

Ronaldo scored his 82nd, 83rd and 84th career goals for Portugal to match Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award. Ronaldo's goal threw the Portuguese fans watching into a frenzy.

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The deal was reached just hours before the Real Madrid forward is due to play his first match for Portugal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"I believe that, above all, the Spanish team is a block", he said.

And as a result, PSG will look to make another high-profile move in the transfer market, with Ronaldo believed to be at the top of their list of potential recruits.

Puyol, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, believes they still have a chance to do so again despite Lopetegui's dismissal.

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"We deserved more but football is like that, it can happen to you, only those of us who put on our gloves and go out in the field know how hard [it is]". "These last two weeks have been quite intense, but we have a clear idea of what we want to achieve tomorrow", he explained.

"The team is doing very well and we are going to do well for sure".

Costa had tangled with opposing defender Pepe in the build-up to the goal, which was the first at a World Cup to be given after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).

In doing so, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup at the age of 31.

It was a remarkable signal of intent from the current Ballon d'Or victor, who had never made a serious impact in any of his previous three World Cups, only managing to score one goal in each.

Morocco were impressive in qualifying for the first time since 1998 but will struggle to hurt the European teams' defences, while Iran can at best hope for some solid defensive displays under Carlos Queiroz. "We came back and equalised twice, so we feel great commitment, pride", Hierro said.