Challenge after challenge tested Spain but they showed that they can still play and, more importantly, they remain together.
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Manchester United fans didn't mind David De Gea making a huge error against Portugal -- anything to dissuade Real Madrid from making a move for him.
Spain defender Gerard Pique has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of habitually "throwing himself to the ground" after Friday's thrilling 3-3 draw.
"At this level, the devil is in the details. And sometimes he makes you pay." Spain knew Cristiano Ronaldo would be a threat, and so it proved.
We thought he'd been quiet ... 2018 World Cup, meet Mr. Ronaldo! Plus, what was with the empty seats in Yekaterinburg? And here comes Messi!
Diego Costa was superb for Spain against Portugal but a 4/10 performance from David De Gea meant things ended in a 3-3 draw.
Fernando Hierro says he wouldn't trade any of his players for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal superstar's hat trick denied Spain three points.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's talisman and he showed just why on Friday, scoring three superb goals to earn his country a 3-3 draw with Spain.
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick rescued Portugal a valuable point in a 3-3 draw against Spain in the two teams' much-anticipated Group B opener.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke a whole host of records following his mesmerising display against Spain. ESPN brings you the most striking numbers.
Former Spain defender Carles Puyol told ESPN FC he backs Luis Rubiales' decision to fire coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the World Cup began.
Portugal and Spain renew acquaintances, while Mo Salah and Egypt face Luis Suarez's Uruguay on World Cup Day 2. Follow live with ESPN.
New Spain boss Fernando Hierro may be inexperienced as a manager, but those who know the ex-player and the man, swear he's the perfect man for job.
Portugal are underdogs heading into their World Cup opener vs. Spain but thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo and a dogged cast, you can't bet against them.
After all that build-up... France's star man is staying with Atletico. Meanwhile, in stuff that actually did happen, Russia began in style.
Sergio Ramos backed new Spain head coach Fernando Hierro and said his conscience is clear regarding his foul that injured Mohamed Salah last month.