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Cristiano Ronaldo returns from injury in cameo as Horta equalizes Morata’s goal in a tie

CRISTIANO RONALDO returned from injury but failed to propel Portugal to victory over Spain in the Nations League.

Ronnie, 37, had not played for almost a month since Manchester United lost 4-0 at Brighton.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his injury break in Portugal's 1-1 draw with Spain

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his injury break in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with SpainPhoto credit: Getty
Ronnie had not played for almost a month after injuring his hip at Man Utd

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Ronnie had not played for almost a month after injuring his hip at Man UtdPhoto credit: Getty

The veteran suffered a hip injury and missed Ralf Rangnick’s last game, a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

But Ronaldo had 30 minutes under his belt on Thursday as Portugal fought off a 1-1 draw with Spain.

Both sides named a strong line-up in the Nations League clash.

The last four encounters, spanning almost a decade, had all resulted in stalemates.

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But it was Spain who dominated the ball from the start.

And they took the lead after 25 minutes after Juventus’ Alvaro Morata put the finishing touches to a fine counterattack.

Spain continued to press their opponent and Portugal eventually turned to Ronaldo in the 62nd Minute.

But it wasn’t the national legend that restored parity of late.

Alvaro Morata gave Spain the lead in the Nations League duel in the first half

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Alvaro Morata gave Spain the lead in the Nations League duel in the first halfPhoto credit: Rex
Ricardo Horta equalized in the 82nd minute in his first appearance in almost eight years

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Ricardo Horta equalized in the 82nd minute in his first appearance in almost eight yearsCredit: EPA

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Instead, Braga winger Ricardo Horta brought back Horta for Portugal with eight minutes remaining.

It was his first cap in almost eight years, having made his debut as a teenager in 2014.

But Horta made the difference for Portugal as he slotted the ball under Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon following a precise cross from Man City’s Joao Cancelo.

Spain is now preparing again for the Nations League games against the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the Czechs.

Meanwhile, Portugal meet Switzerland twice, including a game against the Czech Republic.

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