June 15, 2018 / 6:57 PM / 6 months ago

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

SOCHI, Russia, June 15 (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.

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

Ronaldo had given Portugal the lead with a penalty after four minutes but Diego Costa equalised 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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