Unai Simon denies Cristiano Ronaldo from close-range vs Spain early in the second half

Unai Simon denies Cristiano Ronaldo from close-range vs Spain early in the second half

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo denied by Unai Simon from a close range during Portugal vs Spain clash.

Liverpool star Diogo Jota puts Ronaldo through shortly after the second half with a defence splitting pass but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner couldn’t beat Simon from a close range.

Jota plays it through to the Manchester United forward, the 37-year-old hit the ball superbly with his left-foot but his effort was going to come in contact with Simon’s body.

It was a tight position for Cristiano Ronaldo to convert but he’s scored loads of goals in such situations earlier in his career.

Portugal need to avoid a defeat tonight in order to book a spot in the Nations League finals.

Portugal 0-0 Spain