Ronaldo makes history in Portugal win – Asia Despatch

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to play in five men’s European Championships

Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in men’s European Championship history as Portugal beat Hungary in front of more than 60,000 fans in Budapest.

Ronaldo converted an 87th-minute penalty for his 10th goal in the competition, overtaking France’s Michel Platini on nine goals.

His 11th came only a few minutes later when he took the ball around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for Portugal’s third.

Hungary had looked on course for an unlikely draw until they conceded three times late on.

The deadlock was broken in the 84th minute when Raphael Guerreiro’s shot with the outside of the foot took a massive deflection off defender Willi Orban to break Hungary’s brave resistance.

The other Group F teams are World Cup holders France and former champions Germany and they meet in Munich in Tuesday’s late game (20:00 BST).

The result looked comprehensive, but Portugal had to work hard to defeat their opponents in front of the biggest attendance of the tournament so far.

The 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is the only venue at Euro 2020 that will have full crowds and the fans helped create a fantastic, much-missed passionate atmosphere.

But the home supporters were nearly silenced in the fourth minute when Liverpool forward Diogo Jota had a chance, but saw his shot pushed away by Gulacsi when a pass to a wide-open Ronaldo may have been the better option.

Portugal, whose starting 11 included six Premier League players, created the best chances in the first half but Jota was again denied, with Ronaldo glancing a header wide and firing over when he should have hit the target.

Hungary were mostly restricted to long-range shots straight at goalkeeper Rui Patricio. However, home substitute Szabolcs Schon thought he had scored when he squeezed a shot in at the near post, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

Portugal got their fortunate opener soon afterwards before Ronaldo’s penalty after Willi Orban had fouled Rafa Silva.

Ronaldo then had the final say in injury time as he showed great skill to round Gulacasi for his second and Portugal’s third.

What’s next?

Hungary stay in Budapest and play France on Saturday (14:00), before Portugal face Germany in Munich (17:00 BST).

Puskas Arena
There was a full house at the 67,000-capacity at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary
There were fans from both countries at the Puskas Arena
National anthem
The home fans created a colourful mosaic during the Hungarian national anthem

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  1. Squad number8Player nameJoão Moutinho
  2. Squad number9Player nameAndré Silva
  3. Squad number15Player nameRafa
  4. Squad number16Player nameRenato Sanches



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 21Botka
  • 6OrbanBooked at 86mins
  • 4Szalai
  • 14Lovrencsics
  • 15KleinheislerSubstituted forSigérat 78′minutes
  • 8NagySubstituted forVargaat 89′minutes
  • 13SchäferSubstituted forNegoat 66′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 5FiolaSubstituted forVargaat 89′minutes
  • 20SallaiSubstituted forSchonat 78′minutes
  • 9Szalai


  • 2Lang
  • 3Kecskés
  • 7Nego
  • 10Cseri
  • 12Dibusz
  • 17Varga
  • 18Sigér
  • 19Varga
  • 22Bogdan
  • 23Nikolic
  • 24Schon
  • 26Bolla


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Rúben DiasBooked at 38mins
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 13Danilo
  • 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 81′minutes
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFerreira Silvaat 71′minutes
  • 11Bruno FernandesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 89′minutes
  • 21JotaSubstituted forAndré Silvaat 81′minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 6José Fonte
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9André Silva
  • 12Lopes
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 16Renato Sanches
  • 18Neves
  • 19Pereira Gonçalves
  • 22Dantas da Silva
  • 23Sequeira
  • 24Oliveira
  • 25Tavares Mendes

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