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Euro 2020: Portugal at the finish against Hungary, Ronaldo erases Platini


Carried by a packed stadium, the Hungarians cracked at the end of the match against Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates on Tuesday in Budapest.

Hungary 0 - 3 Portugal


 : Guerreiro (84th), Ronaldo (87th


, 90 + 2nd)

For the first time in over a year, more than 60,000 people were able to sing in unison to the glory of their favorite team. In the Puskas Arena in Budapest, we could find a certain taste of normality on Tuesday. In front of a euphoric audience, Hungary was brave, in a different way than Sweden the day before against Spain. Unlike the Scandinavians, the Hungarians played the best game they could aspire to. With great intensity, the Hungarian selection resisted as best it could against Portuguese clean technically but clumsy at the time of conclusion and whose creativity crumbled during the match. Diogo Jota, the most twirling of the Seleçao on the lawn of Budapest, only fished in the finish in the first half. Twice Gulacsi repulsed his attempts (5th,40th), and another time he rushed too much for his gesture to lead to the opening of the scoring (9th).

Aside from that, the Liverpool player appeared to be the only Portuguese to really hurt the home defense. Calls, provocation, dribbling, he really only needed a goal or an assist to really achieve a good first act. But he died in the second half, like his team. Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the selection, was also awkward in the finish but did not hurt the Hungarians as much as his young teammate in the first half. He was signaled offside on a nice opening from Pepe, which he could not even convert (19th), then he lacked conviction just before the break. Nobody managed to deflect a center-shot from the left which CR7 ultimately inherited. Surprised, he could not straighten the ball in goal (43rd).

Ronaldo makes history

But if the Portuguese had concerns at the creation, although they created opportunities, it is also because of the defensive intensity of the Hungarians.

Starting with the team's first defender, Adam Szalai.

Captain and center-forward of this selection, he really struggled in front of his audience.

He perfectly initiated the pressing, encouraged his teammates, harangued the crowd and offered some solutions on the rare occasions when the locals created opportunities.

An almost heroic performance even if it is only a group game.

As Portugal struggled in the second half, repeating the same attacks and passing patterns, Fernando Santos made his first change only in the 71st minute. Very late therefore when the Portuguese had not known what to do for at least twenty minutes. It was finally Rafa Silva, his first change, which centered for Guerreiro who opened the scoring with a bit of success (82nd). Cristiano Ronaldo, until then quite invisible, entered the history of the Euro by scoring his ninth and tenth goals in the competition (87th


, 90 + 2nd), thus overtaking Michel Platini. These three points are an excellent operation for Portugal who must face Germany next Saturday, while the Hungarians host France on the same day.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-06-18

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