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Portugal, Spain good to go, says Onigbinde

Portugal, Spain good to go, says Onigbinde

Ronaldo won a penalty in just the third minute when his quick stepover caught out Real Madrid teammate Nacho, whose clumsy lunge clipped him just inside the box.

The goal marked the second-fastest goal in Portugal's World Cup history, falling only behind Jose Augusto's strike against Hungary at the 1966 edition in England.

Spain emerged from the half playing keep away and in the 55th minute Diego Costa connected off a handsome set piece that started with a lob from David Silva to Busquets at the right post, who headed it over to Costa for the finish. Guedes fielded a ball which came in from midfield and dished the ball to Ronaldo, who turned and put a shot right at de Gea's legs.

Friday's match was the 36rd for Portugal and Spain and their 14th draw.

The Manchester United stopper made an error during Friday night's World Cup Group B meeting with Portugal, allowing a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to slip through his fingers just before half time.

Portugal's next game sees them take on Morocco on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid star scored via a penalty, left-footed drive and exquisite free kick to earn his side a credible draw in against a star-studded Spanish team.

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Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, who scored the victor in the 2010 World Cup final, is likely to be playing in his final worldwide tournament after leaving the Camp Nou for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

"We don't have any doubts about De Gea and he doesn't have any doubts about himself either", Hierro said.

Ronaldo notched again just before the break after a David de Gea howler, but Spain came fighting back in the second 45 minutes. "It wasn't an easy situation, but when you have this extremely good group of young players, and the staff, these excellent professionals, they make your life a lot easier", he said. The ball struck the post before going into the goal.

Costa did look to have fouled Pepe in the build-up, courtesy of a flailing arm, although the defender went to ground far too easily.

Earlier in the day Iran - coached by former Portugal national manager Carlos Queiroz - beat Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg after a Moroccan own goal.

Portugal were starting to look leggy now, as Spain looked set to secure what looked like a deserved victory.