17 June, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in eight consecutive major global tournaments as he won and converted a fourth-minute penalty in Portugal's World Cup opener against Spain.
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Ronaldo has had the case hanging over him since he appeared in court last July near Madrid to answer four counts of tax evasion.
It's hard to recall three mistakes De Gea made all season for United and certainly none as glaring as the one with Cristiano Ronaldo's shot. "He has extraordinary players and a coach which has given him a plus", Lopetegui said.
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Ronaldo drew a penalty kick from Nacho Fernandez and converted in the fourth minute to put Portugal ahead of Spain in the World Cup on Friday night.
'Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d'Or).
The 33-year-old, victor of the Best Footballer of the Year in 2017, is unlikely to serve the jail term under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation. He said he expected parliament to vote on both measures before summer recess, meaning that, if approved, they would become law before the World Cup is over.
This is the third time that Egypt have qualified for the FIFA World Cup. "Portugal are hoping to get through the first round", he said, with matches against Morocco and Iran to come next. We are not the favourites so we will try to do our best.
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