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Russia: Nacho admits there was contact in Ronaldo penalty incident01:29

Russia: Nacho admits there was contact in Ronaldo penalty incident

Russian Federation, Krasnodar
June 16, 2018 at 13:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Spain held an open training session at the FC Krasnodar Academy on Saturday, following their 3-3 draw against Portugal in their World Cup opener the previous evening.

The draw with Portugal came after former Spanish footballer Fernando Hierro had taken over the team's head coach position, following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty after just three minutes when he was fouled by Real Madrid teammate Nacho.

However, many fans believe that Ronaldo fooled his Real Madrid teammate by diving to win the penalty.

During a press conference, Nacho commented on the incident saying: "The truth is that there was a contact. I touched Cristiano [Ronaldo], but my intention was to move my leg away. As I said, it's a very fast play, thus when the referee decides that there was contact, the VAR ratifies it. It is a difficult move for the defender and the referee."

Nacho went on to score a sublime strike to put Spain into the lead, however, Ronaldo scored a 25-yard freekick with minutes left of the clock to rescue a point.Earlier in the day, Iran defeated Morocco 1-0, meaning they top the group although Spain and Portugal will still be favourites to progress.

Russia: Nacho admits there was contact in Ronaldo penalty incident01:29
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Spain held an open training session at the FC Krasnodar Academy on Saturday, following their 3-3 draw against Portugal in their World Cup opener the previous evening.

The draw with Portugal came after former Spanish footballer Fernando Hierro had taken over the team's head coach position, following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty after just three minutes when he was fouled by Real Madrid teammate Nacho.

However, many fans believe that Ronaldo fooled his Real Madrid teammate by diving to win the penalty.

During a press conference, Nacho commented on the incident saying: "The truth is that there was a contact. I touched Cristiano [Ronaldo], but my intention was to move my leg away. As I said, it's a very fast play, thus when the referee decides that there was contact, the VAR ratifies it. It is a difficult move for the defender and the referee."

Nacho went on to score a sublime strike to put Spain into the lead, however, Ronaldo scored a 25-yard freekick with minutes left of the clock to rescue a point.Earlier in the day, Iran defeated Morocco 1-0, meaning they top the group although Spain and Portugal will still be favourites to progress.

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