World Cup Day 2 Betting Recap: Ronaldo Hat Trick Lifts Portugal to Shocking Draw With Spain
Leonel del Castro, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ronaldo celebrating with teammates
Matchday 2 of the World Cup is a wrap, and the story from Russia was Ronaldo’s hat trick for Portugal against Spain. There were critical goals scored in each of Friday’s matches, in the 88th, 89th and 90th minutes. Here are the betting results:
Match #4: Portugal vs. Spain (Group B)
Result: Portugal 3-3 Spain
Moneyline: Draw +225
Spread: Portugal +0.5 (-115)
Total: Over 2 (-140)
Wow, what a match. Portugal went up 1-0 within three minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo converted a PK, becoming just the fourth player to score in four different World Cups. Diego Costa responded with a goal for Spain shortly afterward, but Ronaldo netted his second right before the half on a David De Gea blunder in goal.
Then the second half started. Spain scored twice in the first 15 minutes, including an absolute stunner from defender Nacho. Not to be outdone, Ronaldo sealed his hat trick on a pinpoint free kick in the 88th minute to salvage a 3-3 draw. The odds were +2500 for any player to score a hat trick and +5000 for Ronaldo specifically.
Match #3: Morocco vs. Iran (Group B)
Result: Morocco 0-1 Iran
Moneyline: Iran +325
Spread: Iran +0.5 (-135)
Total: Under 2 (-129)
Another late winner in Friday’s matches saw Iran earn a 1-0 victory in stoppage time due to a Morocco own goal. It was a massive result for Iran considering both teams still have to play Spain and Portugal. They’ve moved from +3290 to +900 to win Group B following the win.
Match #2: Uruguay vs. Egypt (Group A)
Result: Uruguay 1-0 Egypt
Moneyline: Uruguay -195
Spread: Push (Uruguay -1)
Total: Under 2.5 (-145)
Uruguay and Egypt were scoreless until the 89th minute, when the South Americans capitalized on a header by Jose Gimenez. The result was big for Uruguay, who keep pace with Russia at the top of Group A, as well as the 85% of bettors who took them to win.