Portugal vs Hungary: Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics see Portugal through to the knockouts, It was a Cristiano Ronaldo show as he dragged his team into the finals with his spectacular antics. Ronaldo was back to his goal scoring exploits against Hungary when he scored two fabulous goals for his team. Portugal were largely unconvincing even though they had a very experienced backline but conceded three goals against a mediocre team like Hungary which demanded a heroic performance by any Portugal player and in stepped Cristiano Ronaldo. Though this was a draw, but this booked their place in the Euros knockouts. The Iceland win meant that they qualified as one of the top four 3rd placed team that is not according to the potential of this wonderful talented team.
Portugal vs Hungary: Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics see Portugal through to the knockouts
Though on the previous two occasions Portugal were devoid of the goals, but this match was a goal feast for them and Portugal came from being a goal down thrice that showed their character or I would say Cristiano Ronaldo’s character. This was arguably the game that we all were waiting for as Portugal had everything on the line. Hungary came into the lead with a superb goal form Zoltan Gera that was cancelled by Nani’s strike which was a result of a Ronaldo’s assist, a rare occasion and then in the second half Hungary’s skipper came up with a blasting performance scoring two goals that resulted in Hungary’s lead twice but was equally matched by the magnificent Ronaldo who score tow equalizing goals and simply dragged his team into the knockouts.
Superman Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was hugely criticized for his last match performances where he missed golden chances by missing a penalty that should have won the game for Portugal. Ronaldo responded to all those criticism with his performances last night where he came up with two glorious goals and one assist that booked Portugal’s sport into the knockouts where they will face Croatia. Though Cristiano Ronaldo was wayward with his free kicks for whom he his largely known, but when it came to scoring goals, he come up with style. These goals make Cristiano Ronaldo, the only player to score at four consecutive Euros and are one goal away from leveling the goal tally of Michael Platinti for the most goals ever by a player at the Euros. If Cristiano Ronaldo retains this sort of form into the knockouts then Portugal can deal with the Croatian threat with ease.
Hungry surprised everyone
At the start of the Euros no one would have ever predicted that Hungary will qualify as group toppers piping Portugal. Though Portugal somehow managed to progress into the finals, but it was Hungary’s team who were a dominating team that made the Portugal struggle as for the most part of the game they were behind in the match and never really came up into the lead or any chance. The Hungary team had marginal possession in the game, but still managed to score three goals that too against the mighty Portugal defense that has some heavy experience in its ranks. The team looks united and spirited and could be a good bet to book a place in the last 8.
Tough road ahead of Portugal
Yeah, even though, came out from a defeat to qualify for the Euros knockouts, but there was nothing to fancy about form this Portugal team except Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal who struggled to stay in the match against a much smaller team will have a tough test in the name of Croatia who qualified as group leaders by beating Spain. This could be a really hard test for Portugal as Croatia is considered as the dark horses of the competition.