Match report as Cristiano Ronaldo becomes greatest goalscorer in European Championship finals history as Portugal late show stuns Hungary; Szabolcs Schon goal disallowed for offside before hosts defeated by heavily deflected Raphael Guerreiro opener and two Ronaldo goals
Tuesday 15 June 2021 19:04, UK
Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championship history with his record-breaking 10th and 11th finals goals as Portugal saw off Hungary to open their Euro 2020 campaign with a 3-0 victory in Budapest.
The reigning European champions dominated the first half at a raucous Puskas Arena but failed to convert their chances, with Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva all guilty of squandering opportunities before the break.
Hungary’s hopes of causing an upset grew after the interval and they looked to have stunned holders Portugal when substitute Szabolcs Schon found the back of the Portugal net, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
Portugal took full advantage of their reprieve, with Raphael Guerreiro’s heavily deflected strike breaking the deadlock six minutes from time, laying the foundation for Ronaldo to steal the show.
On the day he became the first player to appear in five European Championships, Ronaldo overtook Michel Platini’s long-standing record goals tally of nine with a clinical penalty three minutes from time before rounding off Portugal’s perfect start with his second in stoppage-time after waltzing through the Hungarian defence.
Hungary: Gulacsi (8), Botka (6), Orban (7), A. Szalai (7), Lovrencsics (6), Kleinheisler (7), Nagy (6), Schafer (7), Fiola (6), Szalai (6), Sallai (6).
Subs: Nego (5), Siger (5), Schon (6).
Portugal: Patricio (7), Semedo (6), Dias (7), Pepe (8), Guerreiro (7), Danilo (6), Carvalho (6), Fernandes (6), Ronaldo (8), Jota (6), B. Silva (6).
Subs: Rafa Silva (5), Sanches (n/a)
Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Hungary host world champions France in Budapest on Saturday at 2pm, before Portugal face Germany in Munich on Saturday at 5pm.
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