This 2016 final seems far to us. Even if we tend to forget it, especially because of the postponement of this Euro 2020, Portugal are still European champions. And the first battle to defend his crown started this afternoon at 6 p.m., at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, against the local team, Hungary. A group of the match of the Blues and for which Fernando Santos was notably deprived of Cancelo, affected by the covid. The Lusitanians however displayed a good team, with a quartet Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo in front in particular, while the Parisian Danilo was present in the double-pivot. Opposite, the star Dominik Szoboszlai is absent but the Hungarian coach Marco Rossi could count on some dangerous assets like Ádám Szalai.
Hungary initially showed a rather combative face, making it known that it had no intention of making a part in this group of death. If Péter Gulácsi had to intervene in front of Jota from the third minute, the Lusitanians had difficulty in deploying their game. Faced with the intense pressing of the Magyars, the band of Cristiano Ronaldo could not do it, and the star of Juventus was elsewhere in great difficulty at the tip of the attack. Only Diogo Jota really managed to make the differences on the Lusitanian side. He also let a nice Guerreiro ball pass in the area, but behind, CR7 could not find the frame (43rd).
Hungary lost everything in two minutes
This parity score at the break was quite logical, since even if the European champions dominated the game, they had not really created glaring opportunities. We also felt a certain frustration among the Portuguese. It must be said that like Sweden yesterday, the Hungarians had put down the bus as we say in the jargon, and if Rui Patricio was an employee of the Portuguese federation that day would have been counted as leave … locker rooms, Hungary began to show a little more bite, without being uncovered, like Szalai’s attempt, easily captured by the Lusitanian goalkeeper (50th). Sallai also concluded an interesting counter-attack with a shot a little too easy to catch for Rui Patricio (57th). The clock was ticking, and Portugal had more and more difficulty in clearing their way to the last opposing meters.
Gulácsi still had to work on this strike from outside the area of Bruno Fernandes (68th). Fernando Santos did not change his pieces, until the exit of Bernardo Silva, replaced by his namesake Rafa twenty minutes from the end. It is even the local team, carried by its public, which dominated the debates on the end of the match. Schon even thought he had opened the scoring, but his goal was canceled due to an offside at the start of the action (80th). Until with a little success, Raphael Guerreiro allows the Lusitanians to take the three points with a strike in the area countered by Orban, totally deceiving Gulácsi (0-1, 84th). In the process, Rafa Silva was mown down by Orban in the area. Cristiano Ronaldo was in charge of transforming the penalty, on the wrong foot and in power (0-2, 87th). The Turinese became the top scorer in the Euros with 10 goals (then 11) in the competition. In just two minutes, the meeting completely changed. But the Hungarians were not at the end of their sentences, since after a good combination with Rafa Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo mystified the rival goalkeeper and offered himself a double (90th + 2). Portugal is therefore starting its Euro in the best possible way.
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