Hungary 0-3 Portugal: Ronaldo breaks European Championships goalscoring record
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JUNE 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal scores their side's third goal past Peter Gulacsi of Hungary during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at Puskas Arena on June 15, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by UEFA)

Cristiano Ronaldo now has the most goals of any player in the European Championships (11) and is the first to compete and score in 5 editions of the competition.

  • Story of the match

Iconic talisman Ronaldo secured a vital three points in the Euro 2016 winners' opening game with a late brace after Raphaël Guerreiro's deadlock-breaking deflected strike as the famous no.7 claimed yet another record.

The reigning champions began spritely as Diogo Jota wasted two clear chances. First, the Liverpool winger chose to go alone when he should have played Ronaldo clean through on the edge of the box, before he was unable to control an effort on the stretch when unmarked at a set piece.

Ronaldo made it known that his teammate should have set him up for what would surely have been the opening goal of the game just five minutes in and, to emphasise his point, proceeded to wrap the game up all by himself.

He did, though, have to wait until the final ten minutes to bag his brace as the hosts put up a strong fight.

In fact, Hungary thought they had taken the lead when Szabolcs Schon beat Rui Patrício at his near post, only to see the offside flag correctly raised.

It was a real kick in the teeth for the home side and Portugal took full advantage of the wind being blown out of their opponents' sails when Guerreiro's shot took a mean deflection and the ball span agonisingly beyond Peter Gulásci to nestle in the far corner.

The two countries also met in the group stages of Euro 2016, playing out a sensational 3-3 draw in France, but Hungary never looked like equalling their tally from that day and the game was finished as a contest when Ronaldo converted a late penalty after substitute Rafa Silva was pulled down in the box.

For all of Portugal's dominance, they surprising lacked a spark in the first half - the absence of João Cancelo clear for all to see - and had to rely on that man Ronaldo once again. Deep into added time, he and Silva combined for a second time - Ronaldo sitting the 'keeper down before turning the ball into the unguarded net from six yards to wrap a bow on a deceivingly pretty scoreline.

Sitting on 104 international goals - five behind the all-time record - before the tournament, the mercurial professional proved that he is still Europe's top marksman at the ripe old age of 36. He didn't look old today, mind you, and I wouldn't back against him doing the same against Germany next time out when a win would be enough to seal the reigning champions' qualification to the knockout stages with a game to spare.

  • Takeaways

Hungary are no pushovers

Given their group of death, Hungary were tipped as joint favourites to be the lowest scoring team in Euro 2020, but showed that they are more than just a one-man team. Star player Dominik Szoboszlai was ruled out of the competition through injury, but his comrades battled to the end and were unfortunate to come away from the game with nothing. Credit to them.

Ronaldo is still the man

Like him or loath him, Cristiano is THE man for the big occasion and he stepped up yet again for his country. Yes Guerreiro got the opener, but Ronaldo's work ethic and continuous desire to force a way through his opponents' defence was simply phenomenal. Then again, that's just the bare minimum that he demands of himself and his teammates. A true captain. Three goals to yet another record, by the way.

Player of the match

Having written the above paragraph, this one speaks for itself. Rafa Silva's introduction made a big difference in Portugal eventually finding their clinical edge, but Ronaldo was there when it mattered. His positioning forced Hungary's defence to leave Guerreiro free for the first goal and then he went and bagged the other two. He looks like he's 26, not 36. Twenty years not out in European Championships for the Portuguese legend.

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