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Took a while, but Portugal got the job done

Took a while, but Portugal got the job done

We continue to witness drama at the ongoing Euros, and in Group F tagged as the “Group of Death” match between Portugal and Hungary,

It took the reigning champions 84 minutes to take the lead. The match started with a slow tempo from the Portuguese team, even though Diogo Jota and Cristiano Ronaldo came close to putting them ahead. 

The first half ended with Hungary offering little or no threat upfront as it was only Adam Szalai and young Sallai giving Pepe and Dias something to deal with.

The second half only came to life when Schon had the ball in the back of the net, but he’s well offside when he makes his run for the ball. The atmosphere got electrified in the Puskas stadium after that. Andre Silva and Renato Sanches came on for Diogo Jota and William Carvalho of Portugal.

Four minutes after that, Portugal took the lead as the ball falls kindly to Guerreiro who hits it with the outside of his foot, and it takes an unlucky deflection of Orban and flies into the bottom left corner. The keeper had no chance of saving that one.

Guerreiro’s goal celebration

Things went from bad to worse for Hungary as Orban pulls back Silva in the box, conceding a penalty and picking up a yellow card in the process. Ronaldo makes no mistake from the spot, powering the ball into the bottom left corner. That is his 10th goal in the European Championships, the most of any player ever. Absolutely fantastic.

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Ronaldo went on to get his second goal of the night. This time, Silva and Ronaldo confidently link up in the box. Silva played it to Ronaldo inside the six yard box, he goes around the goalkeeper and passes the ball into the net. Nothing short of  world-class.

That’s now an incredible 106 international goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and a huge three points for Portugal in Group F.

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