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Euro 2020: Ronaldo scores brace as Portugal demolish Hungary

Portugal clinched a hard-fought 3-0 victory against Hungary in their first Euro 2020 encounter.

A 3-0 scoreline isn't typically associated with the word difficult, but Fernandos Santos' men had to fight tooth and nail to secure their victory over Hungary.

Hungary began the game with a clear mission to soak up pressure and restrict Portugal's players from exerting their individual brilliance - and the strategy worked pretty well, as Portugal struggled to put the ball past Peter Gulacsi for nearly the entirety of the tie.

By the end of the first-half, the game was goalless, with no clear signs or indications that the game would end the way it did.

Hungary and Portugal were locked in a stalemate up until the 84th minute when Raphael Guerreiro capitalised on a deflection inside Hungary's 18-yard area to send the ball into the back of the net and break the deadlock.

Raphael Guerreiro's late goal opened the floodgates for Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo doubled his side's lead with an expertly taken penalty in the 87th minute.

Soon after Guerriro's goal, Hungary center-back Willi Orban fouled Rafa in the 18-yard-box and gave away the spot-kick Ronaldo eventually scored.

Following Ronaldo's goal, the game looked set to end 2-0, but Ronaldo added to Hungary's misery with an aesthetically pleasing goal that involved a one-two pass with Rafa before passing the ball into the back of the net.

The win against Hungary was incredibly crucial, not just for the three points, but also for the goal difference considering the fact that two heavyweights in the form of Germany and France will also be looking to qualify from group F.

As things stand, Portugal currently lead group F, and Fernando Santos' men will be looking to keep things that way until the next round of the competition.


EURO 2020 - Group Stage

Hungary - 0

Portugal - 3 (Guerreiro '84), (Ronaldo '87, '90+2)

Man of the Match:Cristiano Ronaldo

Puskas Arena, Budapest

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