Cristiano Ronaldo makes Euro 2020 history as Portugal beat Hungary

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The 36-year-old had been tied with Michel Platini on nine goals before Euro 2020 but passed the great Frenchman after scoring a penalty in the 87th minute. He then added another stoppage goal as he scored his 106th international goal.

Portugal’s three goals came in an eight-minute late blitz, with a deflected shot from Raphael Guerreiro breaking the deadlock in the 84th minute.

The Portuguese superstar, who had been silent for much of the game, also became the first man to make five European Championship finals, after making his debut in 2004.

“The important thing was to win. It was a tough game, against an opponent who defended very well, but we scored three goals and I’m very grateful to the team for helping me score two goals”, Ronaldo said after the game.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes history after scoring a late penalty.
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Full stadium

The sight of football fans crammed up to the rafters in a stadium has been rare since the start of the pandemic, but the match in Budapest, Hungary was played in front of a huge crowd, with UEFA projecting more than 60,000 fans at the Puskas Arena.

Those in attendance had to meet specific requirements before entering the stadium, with Hungarian residents needing proof of immunity and international fans requiring a negative Covid-19 test or full proof of vaccination.

The Hungarian capital is the only venue for this year’s tournament to be allowed to have a full stadium after local authorities relaxed social distancing measures in favor of entry requirements.

According to the World Health Organization, Hungary recorded 782 confirmed cases of Covid-19 last week, with 50 deaths.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was at Puskas Arena and the passionate home support roared in their squad as Hungary frustrated Portugal for much of the game.
Hungarian fans even had a goal to celebrate, albeit temporarily. Szabolcs Schon appeared to have caused massive upheaval by sweeping the house after a brilliant counterattack, but he was correctly ruled offside.

The disallowed goal seemed to spark action from Portugal and the defending champion finally got the breakthrough he deserved for a dominant performance.

Once again, Ronaldo was probably to be thanked for this, with the Portuguese striker just four goals off the record for the all-time top men’s international scorer held by Iranian Ali Daei.

Ronaldo adamantly converted the penalty to double his team’s lead, then completed a wonderful team move to double his own total.

It looked like a must-see match for World Cup-winning Portugal, France and Germany, also sharing their squad – the two European behemoths will play later on Tuesday.

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