Sochi: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal played out a thrilling draw with Spain in the Group B World Cup match here on Friday, making it more memorable for the Real Madrid superstar thanks to his hat-trick.
However, it was a forgettable night for Spain’s David de Gea, who had just penned a long-term deal with Premier League giants Machester United ahead of the match.
Following the match, fans took to Twitter to mock de Gea for his errors, comparing them to Liverpool’s Loris Karius.
De Gea channels his inner Karius— Michael Craven (@craven1664) June 15, 2018
David De Gea when he sees Loris Karius.— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) June 15, 2018
De Gea had a concussion. Someone set up a petition for that shot to be retaken.— Doc Joshi 2 (@MediJoshi) June 15, 2018
David De Gea with a Loris Karius pic.twitter.com/gCpJDMMy8N— Pusha Thanos😤 (@flacko_jnr) June 15, 2018
Top 3 goalkeepers in the world— Utd (@SimplyUtd) June 15, 2018
1. David de Gea
2. Error David de Gea
3. Injured David de Gea
During the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, it was the errors by Karius that gave the Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, who won 3-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo made it clear that he means business at this World Cup after his stunning hat-trick secured a 3-3 draw here with Spain in a tournament classic and saw him reach another career landmark.
The Real Madrid superstar crashed in an 88th-minute free-kick to earn a point for the European champions in this Group B opener, after a second-half goal from Nacho had put the Spaniards 3-2 ahead.
Before that, Ronaldo had twice given his side the lead in the first half, only for Diego Costa to equalise each time for a Spanish side who peformed admirably on a steamy night on Russia's Black Sea coast after a chaotic few days.
Fernando Hierro was making his debut on their bench, just two days after the sensational sacking of Julen Lopetegui, but Ronaldo stole the headlines.
After only three goals in total at the last three World Cups, he doubled his tournament tally in one night here, and has now scored at eight consecutive major tournaments going back to Euro 2004, when he was still a teenager.
He is just the fourth player to score at four World Cups, following in the footsteps of Pele and German duo Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose....