Portugal’s captain Cristiano Ronaldo netted two late, record-breaking goals to show the ‘Selecção das Quinas’ supremacy over a resilient Hungary side with a 3-0 victory in their Euro 2020 opener at a packed Puskas Arena on Tuesday.
In what football lovers thought could be of no toughness for Portugal, Hungary showed that they will be no pushover in the ‘group of death’ with the deadlock in their opening tie against the defending champions only broken in the 84th minute.
The best chance of the opening period fell to Ronaldo in the 44th minute, only for the Portugal captain to plant the ball over from six yards out after meeting Guerreiro’s low cross.
Raphael Guerreiro made the vital breakthrough in the 84th minute.
Hungary grew into the game after restart of the eagerly anticipated match up but that could not diffuse the Portuguese pressure when Cristiano Ronaldo converted from a penalty spot in the 87th minute to overtake France great Michel Platini with his first goal.
But the 36-year-old Juventus superstar, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, was not done yet as he went around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in injury time for his 11th goal at a Euros to seal Portugal’s 3-0 victory.
Ronaldo’s 11th goal catapults him to the top of the European Championship’s all-time scoring chart, putting him two clear of French legend Michel Platini.
Hungary: Gulácsi; Botka, Orbán, At. Szalai; Ádám Nagy (R. Varga 88); Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler (Sigér), Schäfer (Négo 65), Fiola (K. Varga 88); Ad. Szalai, Sallai (Schön 77)
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro; Danilo, William Carvalho (Renato Sanches 81), Bruno Fernandes (Moutinho 89); Ronaldo, Diogo Jota (André Silva 81), Bernardo Silva (Rafa Silva 71)
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Mark F. | SilverFM