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Cristiano Ronaldo's double against Hungary: The record man to party crash


Once off point, once beautiful: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in the European Championship game against Hungary and sets a new record. He spoils the football festival for the host.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Hungary


Bernadett Szabo / AP

Short dreams:

When Hungary's attacker Szabolcs Schön hit a hook in the 80th minute of the European Championship game against Portugal and shot the ball into the goal, the previously heated atmosphere in the Budapest arena exploded.

But only for one, two, maybe three seconds.

Then the jubilation died away.

Because Schön had been offside when his teammate passed, the goal did not count.

Full house:

Generally, the mood. According to the World Health Organization, new corona infections reported daily in Hungary were recently a few hundred cases, and more than 50 percent of people have received at least one vaccination. In the game between Hungary and Portugal, significantly more fans were allowed into the stadium than in the rest of Europe, 61,000 in Budapest - the locals vaccinated or recovered, foreign fans had to show a negative PCR test. And so the football fans got to see pictures again, from and in front of the stadium, as they were known from times before the pandemic, captured here by a colleague from »Sport Bild«:

The result:

Portugal won 3-0 (0-0) against hosts Hungary.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, Raphael Guerreiro contributed the third goal.

This put Portugal at the top of Group F at least until the evening game between Germany and France.

Record man Ronaldo:

The star attacker set a record with his goals.

With his first goal he became the sole record scorer of the European Championship, and later he even expanded this record.

Ronaldo is now at eleven EM goals, the Frenchman Michel Platini in second place made nine.

By the kick-off, Ronaldo had already set a record.

He is the first to be used at five European championships.

It had its European premiere on June 12, 2004 - against Otto Rehhagel's Greece.

Water in wine:

Of course you always find something to complain about, so it was with Ronaldo, who was sometimes not very involved in the game (Bernardo Silva actually played a lot more conspicuously).

But especially one should point to the 43rd minute and the fact that Ronaldo shot a cross from five meters (he was all alone) meters over the goal.

So he's only human after all!

The 1-0:

If it doesn't work, then it won't work.

The first goal of the game fell on, unfortunate for Hungary.

First, Rafa's cross was deflected by Attila Szalai, causing the ball to fall in front of Portugal's left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

His shot was deflected again - this time by Willi Orban - and spun into the goal.

The 2-0:

Orban, the defender of RB Leipzig, had actually played a good game, but a few minutes after the first goal he was involved in, the second fell.

And again Orban was in the thick of it.

In a duel with Rafa, he pulled the Portuguese by the arm and also hit him on the leg or foot.

The referee decided on a penalty, which Ronaldo could not take away.

The 3-0:

First work, then pleasure - that's what Ronaldo had probably thought when he walked through the Hungarian defensive with Rafa in a remarkable teamwork (double one-two), rounded the goalkeeper and scored his second goal.

The most beautiful goal in the game.

Heel trick as consolation:

In the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig counts on the defensive skills of defender Orban - and he also showed his qualities against Portugal despite mishaps: the defender managed a spectacular rescue operation when he straddled Bernardo Silva from the ball - with the hoe (27. )! The great straddlers in football history would have been proud!

What is also part of the truth:

the game could have been different. For example, if the Turkish referee Cüneyt Cakir had treated Ruben Dias less graciously in the 55th minute. The Portuguese defender had wiped his arm through Roland Sallai's face in an air duel. That could well have given yellow, it would have been his second. Manchester City defender Laszlo Kleinheisler fouled in the first half.

Wistfulness and aggressiveness:

"It's a shame, with a bit of luck we could have scored a point - that would have been great," said Hungary's goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi after the game. Portugal's coach Fernando Santos was more martial: »Now it's against Germany and we have to develop further. Kill or be killed, Scolari said earlier. «On Saturday (6 p.m. / ARD and MagentaTV) Portugal will face Germany in the second group game. Cristiano Ronaldo will be there - and want to expand his record.

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-06-18

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