Portugal and Hungary in epic 3-3 draw

Hungary and Portugal played out to a thrilling back-and-forth 3-3 draw on Wednesday, which sees the Hungarians finish as Group F winners and Portugal narrowly qualify for the knockout stages.

  • Hungary 3 Portugal 3
  • Gera scores the opener
  • Nani grabs equaliser
  • Dzsudzsak bags a brace
  • Ronaldo also scores twice

Match summary

Portugal were desperate for a win, but suffered the worst start possible as Zoltan Gera half-volleyed Hungary into the lead on 20 minutes.

Portugal were level on the stroke of half time as Cristiano Ronaldo played in Nani and the winger beat Gabor Kiraly at his near post.

The second half began in frenetic fashion as Balazs Dzsudzsak’s deflected free kick restored Hungary’s lead two minutes after the restart, but Joao Mario put the Portuguese back on level terms once again just three minutes later.

Hungary took the lead for the third time in the 55th minute as another deflected Dzsudzsak shot beat Rui Patricio but Ronaldo pegged Hungary back once again in the 63rd minute.

Full Report

Portugal knew the importance of this match in the context of their Euro 2016 campaign, with Nani and Mario both missing glaring opportunities early on, much to the consternation of Ronaldo.

They were made to rue their misses even more in the 20th minute as Gera ran on to a poor clearance header to half-volley a thundering low drive into the bottom corner, giving Hungary the lead.

The side’s traded blows after the goal, but it was Portugal who looked more likely to make something happen, as Ronaldo had two free kicks saved by Kiraly, and so it proved to be as the first half drew to a close.

Ronaldo was the provider as he threaded a delightful diagonal throughball for Nani, who finished expertly low and hard to make the score 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

Any confidence the Portuguese took into half time was quickly eroded as Dzsudzsak took a pot shot from a free kick and it took a deflection past a helpless Patricio to restore Hungary’s lead two minutes after the break.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo, who had looked increasingly frustrated all game, finally managed to make an impact for his team at the Euros as he got in front of his marker to execute a deft backheel past Kiraly and get his side back on level terms once again.

But that didn’t last long either as, five minutes later, Dzsudzsak rode his luck once again dribbling past two men before attempting a shot from the edge of the area, which was also deflected beyond Patricio to make it 3-2 in the 55th minute.

Unfortunately for Hungary, Ronaldo had found his goal scoring touch by this stage and he rose above the defence to meet a Ricardo Quaresma cross and power the ball home to restore parity for Portugal for the third time in the game in the 62nd minute.

Hungary weren’t content with a point and marched down the other end of the pitch to set up Akos Elek, who toe poked the ball agonisingly into the post.

The tactic gave Portugal too much space and they began to take control of the game. The whole of Hungary would have had their hearts in their mouths around the 75th minute when they saw a looping cross fall to Ronaldo, but they breathed a heavy collective sigh of relief as the Real Madrid man hit the ball straight into the ground and it bounced over the bar.

Ronaldo tried one last long range effort late on but Kiraly watched it fly harmlessly past his post and the sides settled for a thrilling 3-3 draw leaving Hungary top of Group F with Portugal only third after Iceland’s last gasp win over Austria.

Ronaldo’s side still advance, however, by virtue of being one of the best-placed teams finishing third.

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