Portugal vs Spain : We showed character, pride - Hierro

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Ronaldo's Portugal is set to take on Spain at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday.

"The team is doing very well and we are going to do well for sure".

With less than 48 hours before Spain kick off their World Cup campaign against the 2016 European champions, it is hard to imagine what changes Hierro can make to the tactics Lopetegui had been using in preparation for Russian Federation.

"I believe that, above all, the Spanish team is a block", he said. "It was a fair result, we are very happy because the game was about to finish and then we managed to grab a draw".

The 33-year-old forward, one of the world's best and highest-paid players, denied the allegations through his representatives, according to Reuters.

Portugal's talisman and skipper Cristiano Ronaldo now leads the goal scorers' chart after plundering three goals against Spain in an explosive contest that ended 3-3 on Friday night.

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Hierro, though, was part of Spain's squad at four World Cups between 1990 and 2002 and also played his part as sporting director when La Roja won their only World Cup in 2010.

The little Argentinian has been an integral part of one of the greatest football teams of all-time, moulded by coach Pep Guardiola.

"We are not the favourites but we are contenders and we will do as well as we can". We want to try to beat Morocco and to try to advance to the next stage. Since finding the net at Euro 2004, he has gone on to grab goals at three further European Championships and four successive World Cups.

Ronaldo had scored just three times in 13 appearances in World Cup finals - but the Real Madrid superstar matched that during an incredible 90 minutes.

But Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave credit where it's due noting: "I've said it so many times, Cristiano is the best in the world".