Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
Dean Mouhtaropoulos
# Good Grief
Nacho gives Spain the lead with technically-esquisite rasper that finds its way past both posts
Nacho, nacho man.

REGARDLESS OF HOW it ends up, it seems likely that Portugal-Spain will go down as one of the most enthralling games of a World Cup which, to this point, had produced no shortage of drama if a lack of general quality.

With Diego Costa having twice pegged back Portugal – who led on both occasions through Cristiano Ronaldo – the 2010 world champions have edged themselves in front thanks to a dead- cert goal-of-the-tournament nominee from the boot of Nacho Fernandez.

The 28-year-old Real Madrid man produced this rasper, which hit both posts before beating Rui Patricio.

What a way for the right-back to open his international account.

Prior to his wonderstrike, Spain had taken the lead through Costa after Portugal failed to deal with a probing cross into their area.

At the time of writing, Spain lead 3-2 with just under 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

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