Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in European Championship history as Portugal beat Hungary in front of more than 60,000 fans in Budapest’s Puskás Aréna in the Group F Euro 2020 match.
Ronaldo converted an 87th-minute penalty for his 10th goal in the competition and first at Euro 2020. He overtakes France’s Michel Platini on nine goals.
His 11th came only a few minutes later when he took the ball around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. He netted for Portugal’s third as the Selecao scored 3 goals in 8 minutes to win the game.
Hungary had looked on course for an unlikely draw against the defending champions but it was rampage after the first goal came.
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. This finally broke Hungary’s resistance.
The scoreline was unfair to Hungary as Portugal had to work extremely hard. It was a challenge 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. This helped create a fantastic atmosphere.
Portugal’s starting 11 included six Premier League players. They created the best chances in the first half but Jota was denied by Gulacsi. Ronaldo also headed wide and fired over when he should have hit the target.
Hungary were mostly restricted to long-range shots straight at goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The Wolves goalkeeper dealt with them comfortably. 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.
Hungary stay in Budapest and play France on Saturday. Portugal face Germany in Munich in Group F of Euro 2020.