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Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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    Thanks for all your comments and thoughts on the Cristiano Ronaldo show in last night's memorable 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain.

    However, it's time to switch all our focus on to France v Australia (11:00 BST) now in our main live text commentary on the game which you can find here.

    Let's hope it's equally as enthralling.

  2. 'France have match-winners'

    France v Australia (11:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    If you go through the France side, you would think they will win comfortably. I don't think it will be that easy, but they have got enough match-winners in their team for someone to make the difference when it matters once Australia start to tire.

    Prediction: 2-0

    Read the rest of Lawro's predictions.

  3. Get Involved - best individual World Cup performance


    Kyle: Cristiano Ronaldo did very well but that's nowhere near the best World Cup performance ever. For two of his goals one was a penalty and one a terrible mistake from David De Gea after a weak shot. Zinedine Zidane against Brazil is the best I've seen at a World Cup. Also if a player from Iran, for instance, had scored the three goals that Ronaldo did against Portugal you would be saying it was good but you wouldn't be going overboard as you are because it's Ronaldo. Stop over hyping it.

    Caggs: What have Ronaldo or Portugal got to celebrate? The first penalty he was gifted, it was obviously not a foul.

    Niyi Martins: Ronaldo's put a marker down for the golden ball award! He showed up and exceeded everybody's expectations.

  4. 'Cahill can join the World Cup greats'

    France v Australia (11:00 BST)

    Phil Neville

    Former England & Man Utd defender

    Tim Cahill

    Scoring at four different World Cups is something only a handful of great players have done - Miroslav Klose, Uwe Seeler, Pele and, after his goals against Spain on Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Australia's Tim Cahill wants his name to be up there with them. This World Cup is probably his last big tournament to produce something like that again as a player and I just hope he gets an opportunity.

    Read the rest of Phil Neville's thoughts on Cahill in his BBC World Cup column.

  5. Get Involved


    Sir Mutai: If only Cristiano Ronaldo was playing with the quality of players Spain had, it would have been a whole different story.

    Synspunkter:Why do pundits lose themselves completely in worship when Ronaldo scores? Randomly or not, they really don’t care. Others are measured on their performance, Ronaldo seems to be immune to that. 'Performance' is a composite of historical stats and goals.

    Thomas Hollern: All the talk about Ronaldo is covering the fact that Pepe is a playacting cheat. Going down holding his face after the challenge by Diego Costa, raking his boot down the back of a player's ankle and yet no yellow card. Have refs been told not to book players?

  6. 'You need guts to play'

    France v Australia (11:00 BST)

    Bert van Marwijk

    Australia coach Bert van Marwijk acknowledged his side are up against it when they face Frace in their opening Group C encounter in Kazan.

    He said: "Normally, we play 10 times against France, maybe we lose eight, nine times

    "We have worked hard to get a situation that maybe we lose five, six times (out of 10) but we also can win a few times and a few times draw.

    "That's important. When you're well organised and you believe in something and everybody knows exactly from each other what to do and you have the guts to play and be yourself, then we have a chance."

  7. 'We put our egos aside'

    France v Australia (11:00 BST)

    Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann

    France forward Kylian Mbappe has been speaking about playing alongside fellow attackers Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann in the build-up to their Group C opener against Australia

    "We are three players who appreciate each other," Mbappe.

    "We put our egos on the side. There are not a lot of teams who have a better attacking line-up than us.

    "We can bring some carefreeness, some joie de vivre in a competition where pressure is always weighing on the squad."

  8. World Cup catch-up

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    Video caption: World Cup Catch-Up: Ronaldo the showman lights up biggest stage

    Okay, so we know Cristiano Ronadlo was great yesterday, but what else happened on the second day in Russia? Find out in our special World Cup catch-up.

  9. Here's THAT free-kick

    Portugal 3-3 Spain

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    Video caption: Ronaldo scores 'sensational' free-kick to complete hat-trick

    Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick is worth a second look. Or indeed, a third, fourth or fifth look...

  10. Get involved - best individual World Cup performance


    Pete Brooks: I watched the Spain v Portugal game last night and for me that was the best individual performance by a player to keep his team in a game I’ve ever seen. Portugal will cease to be a top international team when Ronaldo finally hangs up his boots.

    Pamela Smith: In as much as I don't like Diego Maradona after the turmoil of the "Hand of God" goal, his performance against England in 1986 was pure class!

    Ryan JK: It's not smart or interesting to be the contrarian on Twitter about Ronaldo's performance last night. The force of his will last night was obvious, he's a master and a game-changer.

  11. How Spain reacted to Ronaldo's performance

    Portugal 3-3 Spain

    Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Spanish press also devotes most of their column inches to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

    According to ABC newspaper "everything he did was perfect” while El Mundo said that "Spain survives Cristiano” in their headline and “almost everything that happened in Sochi could have been better for Spain, but almost everything could have been worse too.”

    Meanwhile El Pais turns its focus on Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, and claimed “It’s not Lopetegui or Hierro, the debate is over De Gea’”

    Round-up from BBC Monitoring

  12. World Cup podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Here's something worth a listen while you munch on your cornflakes. The BBC Radio 5 live World Cup podcast.

    Mark Chapman, Guillem Balague, Pat Nevin and 'Mr Iceland' Steve Crossman reflect on a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in an absolute thriller between Spain and Portugal.

    Also, David Ornstein joins the pod after losing to Jordan Pickford at darts and Mark meets Paul Pogba to chat table tennis and sharks.

  13. Get Involved - best individual World Cup performance


    Jonny Winterburn: Great free-kick, but Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-tick included a penalty and goalkeeper error. Hardly the best ever. BBC even said for large parts of the second half he was 'a spectator, powerless to halt Spain's recovery'. Was it really one of the best ever World Cup performances? It doesn't seem like it.

    Ari Missikos: So Ronaldo's was a game-changing display against Spain. But the greatest individual performance? I feel that needs to be a whole game thing. There were so many times I thought he went missing or a bit off the pace. But THAT free kick. I still cant comprehend what I saw.

    John Bell: Ronaldo? Brilliant performance? What a joke. Two goals from set-pieces won by simulation and a goalkeeping error. He’s certainly brilliant at conning referees and pundits.

  14. The reaction to Ronaldo's display in Portugal

    Portugal 3-3 Spain

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been deified by the Portuguese press this morning after his hat-trick against Spain.

    "With the God Ronaldo, miracles are possible", stated Correlo da Mancha, while Diaro de Noticas called it “the game that immortalises Cristiano Ronaldo in World Cup history.” Publico stated that simply “Spain has talent, but they don’t have the best in the world”.

    On Twitter, Portuguese commentator Luis Cristovao wrote: “It’s done. What a spectacle! It was a great, great match. For the rest of our lives, we’ll be able to say we were there and we watched it.”

    Portuguese politician Rodrigo Saraiva tweeted: “Ronaldo is so spectacular that even his team-mates say: ‘the Portuguese team is made up of Ronaldo and ten others’”

    Round-up from BBC Monitoring

  15. Post update

    Portugal 3-3 Spain

    We might all be talking up Cristiano Ronaldo's individual performance but the man himself preferred to focus on the collective efforts via his Twitter account.

  16. Back pages

    Here's an interesting one. An exclusive in the sports section of the I newspaper claims that England's players are struggling to sleep at their World Cup base in Repino.

    Apparently the longer daylight hours - the sun sets at 23:30 and rises again at 03:00 - have affected a number of players in Gareth Southgate's squad and light is still filtering into their rooms despite them having blackout blinds.

    I Paper
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    Glyn Smith: Cristiano Ronaldo is, annoyingly, one of those very rare people who consistently justify their apparent arrogance. He is,quite simply, the best footballer on the planet and that game is up there with the very best.

    Phil Sweeney: I’m amazed the BBC aren’t talking about Ronaldo’s clear dives for both the penalty and the free kick. I can’t applaud a player who does that.

    Mark Loades: Spain play football like is should . Portugal full of heart and Ronaldo? A breath of fresh air after seeing the drudge my team Saints played for two years.

  18. 'The pressure is on Messi now'

    Argentina v Iceland (14:00 BST)

    Lionel Messi

    Match of the Day pundit Rio Ferdinand said he "couldn't breathe" as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including an 88th-minute equaliser, as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in a classic World Cup encounter.

    Ferdinand also reckons his Former Manchester United team-mate has heaped the pressure on long-term rival Lionel Messi to deliver at the tournament in Russia.

    "The night was about Cristiano. He is relentless in his pursuit of greatness. What he is doing on the world stage is ridiculous," Ferdinand said.

    "A little sub-plot to it is now the pressure is mounted on Messi's shoulders after watching Cristiano here."

  19. Back pages

    The Daily Star has a picture of Ronaldo alongside a story which claims England boss Gareth Southgate has been told he is good enough to one day be the manager of Real Madrid.

    Just make sure you give the FA a bit more notice than five minutes before it's officially announced, Gareth...

    Daily Star
  20. Today's matches

    What a day we have in store for you with no less than four, yes FOUR, back-to-back World Cup games for your enjoyment.

    In Group C France take on Australia at 11:00 while in the 17:00 kick-off Peru come against Denmark.

    Meanwhile, in it is Argentina versus Iceland in Group D at 14:00 with the pool's other match at 20:00 sees Croatia meet Nigeria.

    A feast of football ahead. All those kick-off times are BST.