Hungary played Portugal in Budapest with a full stadium for their opening match of the UEFA 2020 Euros.

The game plan by the Hungarians was simple, to not only keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet, but also keep a tight defence; which was evident in the first half.

Diogo Jota  managed to take the shot while surrounded by three players. The attempt was saved by the keeper which could have given Portugal the early lead.

However, Portugal failed to get in their rhythm with few chances troubling the Hungarian goalkeeper.

Hungary’s first chance was from a free kick won by Ádám Szalai, who almost scored with a header in the 36th minute but it was comfortably caught by the Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Jota almost made the breakthrough for Portugal with 5 minutes left in the first half. A great first touch allowed him to turn and shoot but once again, Péter Gulácsi kept the game goalless.

Ronaldo almost scored the record-breaking goal to take him to the top of the European championship chart but his shot in front of the goal went way over the bar.

The first half ended 0-0.

Second Half

The second half began with the same pattern of the play with Hungary frustrating Portugal with a defensive, low-block game plan.

Bruno Fernandes had his trademark shot outside the box in the 67th minute saved by Gulácsi, keeping the game goalless.

Hungary believed they did a smash and grab with 10 minutes to go after Loïc Négo’s pass to Szabolcs Schön was converted, beating Patrício from near post. The goal was deemed offside and play resumed.

Portugal made the breakthrough with 6 minutes left as Fernandes’ pass from midfield reached Rafa Silva, who’s cut back was deflected off a Hungarian player but reached Raphaël Guerreiro. Fortunately, Guerreiro’s shot also was deflected and got past Gulácsi, which seemed impossible throughout the game.

A couple of minutes later, Ronaldo was given the chance to break the record with a penalty after Rafa Silva was brought down by Willi Orbán, which seem really unfair. Nevertheless, Ronaldo sent Gulácsi the wrong way, giving Portugal a comfortable two-goal lead.

Ronaldo got his second of the game after skilfully getting past Gulácsi making him the all-time Euro goal scorer with 11 goals in five championships.

The game ended with Portugal taking all 3 points in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 Twitter

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