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Tops / Flops Hungary-Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo in History, Fernando Santos too wait-and-see


The historic double of Cristiano Ronaldo, the sold-out stadium, the wait-and-see attitude of Fernando Santos… Find the Tops and Flops of this match between Hungary and Portugal (0-3).


Cristiano Ronaldo, in history

Within ten minutes, he would have been in the Flops.

Cristiano Ronaldo went through this game almost like a ghost.

He created a big opportunity just before the break (43rd), but he could not straighten the trajectory of the ball.

Other than that, we haven't seen the five-fold Ballon d'Or.

We had to wait until the 87th minute to show off.

The Juventus striker transformed his penalty, doubling the bet (2-0, 87th) but also equaling Michel Platini in the number of goals scored at the Euro.

Barely four minutes later, he overtook the French playmaker by registering his 10th drunk in this competition (90 + 1st).

A beautiful goal, where he erased Gulacsi before pushing the ball into the empty cages.

Adam Szalai, omnipresent

Absolutely everywhere.

Adam Szalai was omnipresent on Tuesday on the lawn in Budapest.

The captain and center-forward of his selection swallowed up as many kilometers as his large carcass allowed.

Pressing, compensation, offensive solutions, the Mainz striker showed a full palette, which disgusted the Portuguese.

It was he, well helped by the 60,000 spectators, who breathed this heroic wind into the Hungarian ranks.

A full stadium, finally

Probably the first international level game to be played in a full stadium for over a year.

In Budapest, Portuguese and especially Hungarians invaded the spans of the Puskas Arena.

More than 60,000 spectators, without masks, gathered in this almost brand new enclosure, noisy for the occasion.

The locals were even able to deploy a magnificent tifo when the 22 actors entered.

There is no doubt that the Hungarian selection was carried by this twelfth man, whose influence had lost its luster in recent months.


Fernando Santos, too wait-and-see

First change in the 71st minute.

Given the history of this match, and the Portuguese bench, it looks like a professional misconduct on the part of the Seleçao coach.

Mired in the second half, Portugal would surely have won to see the entries of Renato Sanches or João Félix much earlier in this meeting.

It is besides Rafa Silva;

the Benfica player, who has never scored for the national team in 22 caps, who was launched first by Santos.

A frankly surprising coaching, while his team quickly lacked ideas and quickly cut in the second half.

Portuguese creativity, predictable

If they had opportunities in the first half, the Portuguese slowly saw Gulacsi, the Hungarian goalkeeper, be more and more serene. The trio Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, did not really shatter the Hungarian bloc. Diogo Jota was rather restless in the first act, narrowly missing the opener, he got in tune with his teammates and was more neutral in the second half. The same passing patterns were quickly repeated and ceased to surprise the opponent.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-06-18

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