Portugal and Hungary drew in 3-3 after a thrilling topsy turvy game in Lyon.
Date: June 22, 2016
Result: Hungary 3 Portugal 3
Hungary: Gera 19, Dzsudzsak 47, 55
Portugal: Nani 42, Cristiano Ronaldo 50, 62
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
Portugal and Hungary drew in 3-3 after a thrilling topsy turvy game in Lyon. Hungary celebrated finishing top of Group F, while Portugal were left to contemplate third place in the group after Iceland’s late winner against Austria.
Hungary took an early lead through Zoltan Gera’s perfectly executed low left-foot volley after Portugal had failed to head clear from a corner.
Portugal, and particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, struggled to get into the game. Nani was their biggest threat in the first half and he grabbed the equaliser just before half-time.
Portugal brought teenager Renato Sanches on at half-time but it was Hungary who took the lead early in the second half through Balazs Dzsudzsak’s deflected free-kick. After Ronaldo had grabbed Portugal’s second equaliser with a cheeky backheel, Dzsudzsak again put Hungary ahead with another deflected shot from outside the area.
Ronaldo headed in Portugal’s third equaliser but then both teams appeared to settle for a draw.
Cristiano Ronaldo headed in Portugal’s third goal – their third equaliser of the game – to level an incredible game at 3-3.
Man of the match:
Despite his fluffed free-kicks, Cristiano Ronaldo set up Portugal’s first goal with a sweet pass to Nani, then scored goals to twice drag Portugal back into the match – and keep them in the tournament.
Matter of fact:
Ronaldo beceme the first player to score in four successive European Championships.
Late in the game, Portugal coach Fernando Santos passed Cristiano Ronaldo a note and Portugal’s attacks tailed off. At that stage, before Iceland’s late winner in Paris, Santos appeared happy for Portugal to be playing England (as group runners-up), rather than Belgium (as group winners. But the news of Iceland’s late winner scuppered Portugal’s plan.
Attempts on target
01 Gabor Kiraly
02 Adam Lang
03 Mihaly Korhut
06 Akos Elek
07 Balazs Dzsudzsak
09 Adam Szalai (11 Krisztian Nemeth 70)
10 Zoltan Gera (21 Barnabas Bese 46)
14 Gergo Lovrencsics (18 Zoltan Stieber 82)
16 Adam Pinter
20 Richard Guzmics
23 Roland Juhasz
Starting formation: 4-2-3-1
Kiraly – Lang, Guzmics, Juhasz, Korhut – Gera, Pinter – Dzsudzsak, Elek, Lovrencsics – Szalai
01 Rui Patricio
06 Ricardo Carvalho
07 Cristiano Ronaldo
08 Joao Moutinho (16 Renato Sanches 46)
10 Joao Mario
14 William Carvalho
15 Andre Gomes (20 Ricardo Queresma 61)
17 Nani (13 Danilo 81)
Starting formation: 4-4-2
Rui Patricio – Vieirinha, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Eliseu – Joao Mario, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes – Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo
Hungary: Guzmics 13, Juhasz 28, Gera 34
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Eng)