Please view the main text area of the page by skipping the main menu.

Soccer: Hat trick, own goal highlight Day 2 of World Cup

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after he scored his third goal with a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

MOSCOW (AP) -- Day 2 of the World Cup started Friday with an unexciting match between Egypt and highly favored Uruguay, with Egyptian star Mohamed Salah on the bench with a shoulder injury. Egypt defended efficiently until defender Jose Gimenez headed a last-minute goal.

There was more drama late in the first match of Group B. An own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time gave Iran a 1-0 win over Morocco. Striker Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a ball past his own goalkeeper, leading to an explosion of joy on the Iran sideline.

The highlight of the day was a classic between Spain and Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with an exquisite free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw in the best match of the tournament so far.

Also in The Mainichi

The Mainichi on social media

Trending