In a match full of late drama, Portugal smashed Hungary 0-3 at Euro 2020 to take early control of Group F.
The match was open and end-to-end with the Magyars easily matching their more illustrious hosts and even taking the lead only to see it ruled out for offside. Portugal them ramped up the pressure and blew them away late. Who were the winners & losers?
18+ only. New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 4 x £10 bet token. Free bet stakes not included in returns, Free bets for horse racing & football only. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org.
18+ only. New customers only. UK only. Deposit £20 to receive free bets of £40. Free bets credited as four equal free bets of £10 each. All free bets unlocked when a total of £20 in of sports bets are placed and settled within qualifying period of 7 days. Minimum deposit amount is £20. Promotion T&Cs apply. Standard T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.
18+ only. New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from acceptance (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.
18+ only. A £10 Sportsbook free bet plus a £10 Exchange free bet. Min £5 bet on the SBK, min odds 1.5 (1/2). Rewards valid for 7 days. Free bets must be placed at min odds of 1.5 (1/2). Exchange free bet limited to certain markets. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.
Winner: Raphael Guerreiro
The headlines will obviously belong to his team-mate, but the real hero of the hour for Portugal was Raphael Guerreiro, the left-back who so often goes unheralded for both Borussia Dortmund and Portugal, but so often produces crucial moments for them.
And tonight it was Guerreiro who produced again. A gorgeous pass from Bruno Fernandes took out four Hungarians and send Rafa Silva running down the right. The Benfica winger popped a cross into the box and it deflected back into the path of Guerreiro whose stabbed effort deflected into the back of the net. A lucky goal? Sure. But a crucial goal that gave Portugal a lead. And once the floodgates were open…
Loser: Willi Orban
For 84 minutes Willi Orban was the best player on the pitch. The centre-back was immense, getting himself in the way of absolutely everything Portugal threw at Hungary. But Raphael Guerreiro’s shot deflected cruelly off him and into the back of the net.
From here, it all collapsed. Minutes later he panicked when chasing Rafa Silva and barged the winger over to concede a penalty that made it 2-0. Then minutes after that he froze when he should have stepped up and blocked Rafa Silva, and the winger used that hesitation to feed Cristiano Ronaldo and make it 3-0 and a thrashing. Orban destroyed Hungary. For shame.
Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo
17 years ago, a teenaged Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal at Euro 2004 against Greece. Now in 2021, a 35 year-old Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal at Euro 2020 against Hungary.
If that was all he did, that would be an absolutely incredible feat of longevity. But of course that’s not all he did, is it? Over 100 international goals between those three, and the Euro 2016 title to boot. He’s broken records everywhere he’s been and he’s still doing it today.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time top-scorer in UEFA’s elite competitions for both club AND country. 🤯
145 goals in those two competitions combined.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 15, 2021
The first ever player to feature in and score in five European Championships. The top scorer in European Champions history. The most international goals scored by a European man and closing in on the most international goals scored by any male player. It’s a ridiculous list of achievements. And that he did it against Hungary, the nation of Ferenc Puskas – perhaps the only striker with a claim stronger than Cristiano’s to being the greatest goalscorer of all-time – felt rather poetic.
Sure he missed a sitter, sure Guerreiro had the decisive goal and Rafa Silva the decisive impact, but who scored the most goals? Exactly. The records keep tumbling for Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s history-maker.
Click here to claim. 18+. Play Safe. New customers using EPW30. Mobile only. Applies to bets placed from 09:00 on 27th May 2021 until 17:00 on 16th June 2021. Max £1 bet at 30/1. Returns paid as 6 x £5 free bets (30 day expiry). Player & currency restrictions & terms apply. BeGambleAware.
Winner: Rafa Silva
When Fernando Santos’ first change against Hungary was to bring on Rafa Silva for Bernardo Silva, many were confused. Where as Joao Felix? André Silva? Ruben Neves? But no, Rafa Silva got the nod precisely because he is a direct winger who will not overcomplicate things. He will get wide and get it in, direct play just like Portugal needed.
And, well, that’s what he did.
The first Portugal goal? A Rafa Silva cross. The second Portugal goal? A penalty won after Rafa Silva’s direct run into the box. The third Portugal goal? A lovely team moved with a delicious pass from Rafa Silva for an assist.
That’s one hell of an effective cameo.
Winner: Marco Rossi
When you’re managing underdogs like Hungary, so much of your prosperity is wrapped around any star talent you may have. For Marco Rossi, that was Dominik Szoboszlai. The 20-year-old RB Leipzig midfielder is a wonderful footballer and would have been Hungary’s talisman at the tournament, but he was ruled out with injury just weeks before the Euros began.
Did Marco Rossi whinge? No, he simply sent his team out to play cohesive and organised football. To be brave in defence and the same in attack. To believe that they had a chance, and to try and take them down. That’s what he did, and honestly Hungary were so good. It’s a crying shame that they lost, because they put in such a heroic effort. If Szoboszlai was fit, you can imagine they would have won the game. But as it turns out they lost, but not for Marco Rossi’s efforts.
Loser: Diogo Jota
As much as it was indeed a lot of fun to chuckle at Cristiano Ronaldo’s theatrics and exasperated gestures when things went awry in the early part of the game, his first outburst when he raged at Diogo Jota for not passing him the ball was entirely justified. Cristiano was in space and had the Liverpool man fed him then he would have surely had a clean look at goal.
That was just the first of many poor decisions from Diogo Jota. The big decision in the Portugal attack was always who would partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva and with Jota getting the nod over Joao Felix and André Silva the onus was on him to play well and he really, really did not. Great movement, sure, but decision-making was poor and he seemed to have brought Liverpool’s finishing with him.