A goal full of fortune opened the game for Portugal, who suffered an ordeal against Hungary in a crowded stadium because the Hungarian government authorized the full capacity of the Puskás Arena to be covered.
Football returned to be accompanied by the ingredient that gives it flavor and in Budapest a vibrant game with a late resolution was cooked, with three Portuguese goals in eight minutes.
The one who chose everything Guerreiro achieved after a series of setbacks and rejections that favored the Portuguese.
Then the predator Cristiano Ronaldo signed twice, who with 11 goals is already the player with the most goals in the final stages of the Eurocup, two more than Platini, and the only one who has taken the field in five editions.
And he has scored in all of them, of course.
Cristiano and overpopulation
Portugal suffered and thrashed in a match that became a bottleneck for them: everything that got stuck ended up shooting up. He overwhelmed a very inferior opponent, making an effort to reduce all the waterways that he had and that were soon in evidence because the Hungarians started the game clueless in the marks. Perhaps they were stunned by the mobility of the Portuguese, especially Diogo Jota, who did not stop moving around the front of the attack, as hyperactive as he was unlucky in the resolution. The boy did what the canons say that a forward must do when he has the goal before him, to finish off. But he had better options. Of course in the first, just after dawn the game, he should have raised his head to see Cristiano alone against Gulacsi. He earned a reprimand from the team leader and from there,no matter how hard he tried, he has already crossed over.
Hungary Gulacsi, Endre Botka, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Adam Nagy (Roland Varga, min. 88), Kleinheisler (Dávid Sigér, min. 77), Gergö Lovrencsics, Andras Schafer (Nego, min. 65), Attila Fiola (Kevin Varga , min. 88), Szalai and Roland Sallai (Schon, min. 77) PortugalRui Patrício, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Nelson Semedo, Raphael Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva (Rafa Silva, min. 70), Danilo Pereira, Diogo Jota (André Silva , min. 80), William Carvalho (Renato Sanches, min. 80), Bruno Fernandes (Moutinho, min. 88) and Cristiano
83: Raphael Guerreiro.
Referee Cüneyt Çakir Yellow cards Ruben Dias (min. 37), Nego (min. 79) and Willi Orban (min. 85)
Hungary, anchored to a five-man rear in line, with good center-backs and an excellent goalkeeper, survived a barrage for almost an hour and a half. Portugal attacked him from all sides. Perhaps the reigning champion lacked football on the inside, where, in any case, Bruno Fernandes managed a tangle, Bernardo Silva constricted himself for several minutes on the right wing and between Danilo Pereira and William Carvalho, two twins, the subtraction worked better. than the sum.
The absence of the goal generated anxiety in Portugal, that of a team that is known to be far superior and that is observed on the scoreboard with the same prize as its rival. After half an hour of play, Hungary found a foul on a side of the Portuguese field. The stands celebrated it as if it were half a goal. By then it seemed that Hungary was playing with one eye on the clock, when it marked the hours.
It began to seem even more so when the second part began to pass with the same script, but that Hungarian agony began to play in his favor. Portugal added the set pieces to their repertoire, but Gulacsi, the Leipzig goalkeeper, was feline first to repel a Pepe header that went to the net, and later to deflect a Bruno Fernandes shoe from the front. Portugal looked for new solutions, but did so increasingly in a hurry. With less breath, the ball began to circulate with less joy and Hungary began to reach all spaces.
The Portuguese double pivot did not undo until after the 80th minute, when Renato Sanches entered, who at least gave the team legs.
Carvalho and Danilo busied themselves in exchanging heights, but they did not stop overlapping.
The coach Fernando Santos did not find space to add talent and for Bruno Fernandes to see football face to face.
João Félix did not give a ball.
The wall fell when a Rafa Silva center stumbled on Attila Szalai and was left in front by Guerreiro, a left-handed winger who was already operating as a nine.
His shot stumbled again, now in Orbán, and the network was poisoned to dilute the Hungarians, who collapsed.
Then, voracious, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared, scoring two goals in five minutes, the first from a penalty.
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