On this day 15 June 2018 (Exactly a year ago) Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show with a spectacular hat-trck to ensure that Portugal and Spain shared the spoils in Match 3 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo was Portugal’s saviour once again as he scored a hat-trick to secure a draw against Spain. It was the former Real Madrid man’s highest goal tally in a FIFA World Cup tournament match.
He kicked off with an early penalty, deceiving Nacho inside the box to win it and then stroking the ball home from the spot. Fortunately for *La Roja*, Diego Costa was also at his bristling best, getting the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores.
Isco then thumped a rasping drive against the bar. Yet while Spain dominated possession they were vulnerable on the counter, and it was on the break that Ronaldo put his side back in front, firing in a drive that David de Gea was unable to hold.
Costa scored his second equaliser of the night just after the restart before Nacho atoned for his penalty-box trip on Ronaldo by powering a superb half-volley in off the post, his first goal for Spain. As the clock ticked down, however, Gerard Pique brought down CR7 just outside the box, with the Portugal star dusting himself down to complete the scoring with a sublime free-kick.
Budweiser Man of the Match
Who else could it be but Cristiano Ronaldo? The Portugal captain ensured a share of the spoils in a match that Spain dominated, becoming only the third Portugal player to score a World Cup hat-trick after Eusebio at England 1966 and Pauleta at Korea/Japan 2002.
3 – Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot with only three minutes and 30 seconds on the clock, the third fastest penalty in the history of the World Cup. Only Dutch duo Johan Neeskens and Robin van Persie have scored quicker spot-kicks, the former after 87 seconds of the Final against West Germany in 1974 and the latter after two and a half minutes of the match for third place against Brazil in 2014.
On this day 15 June 1958 (Exactly 61 years ago) Czechoslovakia thrashed Argentina 6 – 1 in the 6th FIFA World Cup match played at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinborg, Sweden.
Milan Dvorak (8)
Zdenek Zikan (17,40)
Jiri Fuereisl (69)
Vaclav Hovorka (82,89)
Omar Corbattta (65 penalty)
On this day 15 June 1982 (Exactly 37 years ago) Laszlo Kiss of Hungary scored the 33rd and fastest hat-trick in the history of the FIFA World Cup playing against El Salvador in a 10 -1 win at the Nuevo Estadio, Elche (7 minutes). Kiss scored in the 69,72 and 76 minutes after replacing Andreas Torocsik in the 56th minute. He is also the only substitute to score a hat- trick in a World Cup match.
NB: Only 52 hat-tricks have been scored in over 800 matches in the 21 editions of the World Cup tournament. As FIFA is the governing body of football, official hat-tricks are only noted when FIFA recognises that at least three goals were scored by one player in one match.
The first hat-trick was scored by Bert Patenaude of the United States, playing against Paraguay in 1930; the most recent was by Harry Kane of England, playing against Panama on 24 June 2018.
On this day 15 June 1986 (Exactly 33 years ago) Igor Belanov of Soviet Union scored the 39th hat- trick in the history of the FIFA World Cup in a round of 16 match against Belgium, but the Soviet lost the match after extra – time
Soviet Union 3 – 4 Belgium AET
Belanov (27,70,111P) Scifo(56)
On this day 15 June 1988 (Exactly 31 years ago) Former Netherlands striker Marco van Bosten scored the fifth hat-trick of the UEFA European Championship playing against England in Dusseldorf.
Marco van Basten: Euro1988 Group Stage
England 1-3 Netherlands
Only a substitute in the Netherlands’ 1-0 defeat by the Soviet Union in their tournament opener, Van Basten was this time handed a starting berth and paid back coach Rinus Michels in spades.
The then Milan striker showed himself to be a lethal finisher of the very highest order against England, giving his team sufficient momentum to go all the way to the final – where he once again had a spectacular part to play.
On this day 15 June 1951 (Exactly 68 years ago) American boxing legend Joe Louis knocked out Lee Savold in 2 minutes 29 seconds of the sixth round at Madison Square Garden in what was to be his last victory by KO.
The fight was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at the Polo Grounds on June 13.
However, after two postponements due to rain, the fight was moved indoors to Madison Square Garden.
A crowd of 18,170 paid $94,684.
Louis entered the fight as a 2-1 betting favorite.
The Associated Press reported: “It was strictly a one-sided battle all the way as Louis snapped Savold’s head back with jarring left jabs and belted him to the head and body with short rights and uppercuts. From the second round on Savold gushed blood from his nose. Only in the fifth, when he shook the Bomber with two overhand rights to the head, did the Englewood (N.J.) veteran inflict any damage. Louis said the rights did not bother him. ‘I knew what I was doing all the time,’ said Louis. He sure showed it in the sixth. He ripped away at Savold with both hands and did something he could not accomplish in his five previous victories. He put away Savold with a right to the body and as beautiful a left hook to the jaw as you will ever see.”
Savold entered the fight recognized as World Heavyweight Champion by the British Boxing Board of Control.
After Louis knocked him out, the organization decided to recognize Ezzard Charles, who had decisively defeated Louis the previous year, as the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
On this day 15 June 1955 (Exactly 64 years ago) at the 50th IOC Session in Paris, France, Rome won the rights to host the 1960 Olympic Games, having beaten Brussels, Mexico City, Tokyo, Detroit, Budapest and finally Lausanne. Tokyo and Mexico City would subsequently host the proceeding 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics respectively.
On this day 15 June 1974 (Exactly 45 years ago) 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert of America beat Olga Morozova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 for first of a record 7 French Open singles titles
On this day 15 June 1975 (Exactly 44 years ago) Sweden’s Björn Borg retained his French Open title after beating Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
On this day 15 June 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago) American boxer Thomas Hearns retained his WBC light middleweight title with second round KO of Roberto Durán of Panama at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas; first time in his illustrious career Durán knocked out.
On this day 15 June 1985 (Exactly 34 years ago) Pinklon Thomas KO Mike Weaver in round 8 for heavyweight boxing title at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, SuperStar Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Pinklon Thomas knocked out Mike Weaver with one beautiful right hand, defended his World Boxing Council title and established himself, if not as the true champion, as clearly the best of what often has been a slovenly collection.
Before an assortment of world champions, former world champions and alphabet champions, the undefeated Thomas brought some order to the heavyweight morass with an often-spectacular performance, capped by a right hand that traveled 6 inches to Weaver’s temple and ended the scheduled 12-round bout at 1 minute 42 seconds of the eighth round.
Among those looking on were the world’s two other heavyweight champions, Larry Holmes and Tony Tubbs.
Even Holmes, who has been called “a mouse, a rat,” by Thomas, was impressed by his heir apparent’s performance in a rare fast-paced heavyweight fight.
“Pinklon Thomas is a great fighter,” said Holmes, the International Boxing Federation’s champion, “and one of these days he’s going to be a great champion – when I leave.”
On this day 15 June 1987 (Exactly 32 years ago) Michael Spinks TKO Gerry Cooney in round 5 for heavyweight boxing title at the Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Spinks was stripped of the IBF heavyweight title in February of 1987 for refusing to fight Tony Tucker, the number one IBF contender.
Don King won the right to promote a Spinks-Tucker title fight with a purse bid of $711,000. In the case of a purse bid, the purse is divided 75 percent to 25 percent in favour of the champion.
That would mean $533,250 for Spinks. Instead of fighting Tucker, Spinks fought Cooney for a guaranteed purse of $4 million.
Cooney was guaranteed #2.5 million.
Spinks was still the lineal World Heavyweight Champion and his bout with Cooney was recognized as a world title fight by 18 states and The Ring Magazine.
Cooney had been out of the ring for 13 months and had fought just three times since losing to Larry Holmes in June of 1982.
Spinks was an 8 to 5 underdog.
Cooney was down twice in round five.
STORY: GEORGE MAHAMAH