December 1, 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo makes Euro history as Portugal beat Hungary

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Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer at the European Championships after his brace in the final minutes to help holders Portugal beat Hungary 3-0 in their Euro 2020 football matches Group F opener. The Portugal talisman now has 11 goals in the competition, surpassing the record of France’s Michel Platini on nine that he previously shared with. 

Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro scored the opening goal three minutes before Ronaldo’s first after Rafa Silva was fouled by Willi Orban and the referee whistled for a penalty. His second came when he rolled the ball into an empty net with his left foot to seal the win for his side. “It was important to win, it was a difficult game,” Ronaldo said after the game. Follow us for more updates on Euro 2020 hosting.

He broke the record in front of almost 68,000 fans inside the Puskas Arena, by far the biggest crowd of the tournament since Budapest is the only Euro 2020 venue not to limit fan capacity due to Covid-19. The 36-year-old has now scored at five different European Championship finals tournaments, the only player to achieve this feat, having made his debut back in 2004. 

The Juventus’ forward made his Euro debut for his country in 2004 where Portugal hosted the tournament. He remained the talisman of the reigning champions 17 years later. At 36 years, 130 days, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score for Portugal at a major tournament, breaking the record set by Pepe at World Cup 2018 (35 years, 124 days).

He has 106 goals for his country in total, leaving him just three away from matching Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time international scoring record of 109. “I’m grateful to the team for helping me to score two goals and be the Man of the Match. Now we must go on,” Ronaldo added. Portugal now lead Group F, nicknamed the “Group of Death” on goal difference after world champions France beat Germany 1-0.

A 20th-minute Mats Hummels own goal gave the 2018 World Cup winners France the advantage against the 2014 World Cup winners Germany. Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both had second-half goals correctly ruled out for offside and Adrien Rabiot hit the post after a driving run. Germany had never previously lost an opening game in the group stage at the European Championship.

Germany’s next game is against Portugal, the Euro 2016 winners who got off to the perfect start in Group F. Hungary will try to bounce back with their humiliating loss as they take on France in the second matchday of the group stage. 

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