Cristiano Ronaldo managed a late brace to help defending title-holders Portugal get off to a victorious start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in front of 67,000 spectators on Tuesday as the forward became the all-time leading scorer in of the finals of the European Championship.
Hungary suffered an early surge of pressure from Portugal in the Group F clash, but a goal was ruled out for offside shortly before Portugal’s Raphael Guerreiro opened the scoring on the other end with an effort deflected in the 84th minute. Captain Ronaldo sealed the victory by striking home from the penalty spot in the 87th to overtake Michel Platini as the all-time top scorer in the final with 10 goals, which he quickly turned into 11 in dribbling the ball into the net in addition time.
Both teams had drawn 3-3 in one of Euro 2016’s best games and although there were fewer goals this time around, the game was no less convincing as the boisterous locals filled the Puskas Arena to capacity. The action on the pitch reflected the fervor in the stands as Portugal played with real intensity, playing direct play and hitting their top three with quick and long passes.
Diogo Jota got the first clear view of the goal when he hit a shot that was parried by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, angering an enraged Ronaldo who was in a better place to shoot. Ronaldo only blamed himself at the end of the first half when he unusually missed the target at close range after a sharp cross from Bruno Fernandes.
Hungary made few attacks but lobbied vigorously to limit Portugal’s space. Forward Adam Szalai was their dangerous man, directing a free kick into Rui Patricio’s arms shortly before half-time and then testing the keeper again early in the second half with an attempt from outside the half-time. area.
Veteran Portuguese defender Pepe almost scored early in the second half as his header from a Fernandes corner was knocked back by the ever-alert Gulacsi, who then fended off a Fernandes shot. Hungarian substitute Szabolcs Schon set the stadium on fire in the 80th minute when his shot passed Patricio, but the linesman’s flag was quickly raised to mark the celebrations.
Guerreiro quickly caused the hosts more pain as his scuffed shot sank into the lower corner of the foot of Hungarian defender Willi Orban, who moments later fouled Rafa Silva to allow Ronaldo to make up for his failure. anterior and mark on the spot. Ronaldo then teamed up with Silva to dance calmly in front of Gulacsi and complete a record-breaking day after becoming the only player to appear in five European Championships and play the most matches of the tournament.
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