Relief and happiness were the overriding sentiments after Portugal began their EURO 2020 campaign with victory over Hungary in Budapest this afternoon.

Coach Fernando Santos said he was surprised that Hungary sat back so much, admitted anxiety was becoming a problem for the team but insisted that all that mattered was getting the win, while Raphael Guerreiro and Danilo spoke about the importance of the first goal. PortuGOAL rounds up the match reaction. 

 

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos:

“We wanted to start with a victory, but this is nothing more than three points. We have two very important games coming up. This is the European Championship and we have to be consistent. The most important thing is to get through the group phase and then we get to the do-or-die matches, as Scolari would say.

“I expected a different Hungary who sat deep, but they were also pushed right back by Portugal. We had four very good chances to score in the first half and if we had scored Hungary would have opened up. We didn’t score and then obviously things got complicated. In the second half we started well, but then we became anxious, which is normal. As time went by we got more anxious.

“Were the substitutions late? The team was playing well, with the game completely under control, pressuring our opponents and not letting them play. When the team was getting anxious, it was time to change. It was important to create space for Raphael [Guerreiro], so I decided to take off Jota who was playing well. I put on Renato to carry the ball forward. Portugal needed speed, imagination and verticality. That’s what I asked of Rafa and he did it well. Sometimes substitutions go well, sometimes they don’t. We won 3-0, so I think they went well.

“The crowd? It was great. When you play at this level you want to play with spectators, whether they are ours or of the opponents. I cannot fail to thank the four thousand Portuguese who were here; I heard then chanting for Portugal. It wasn’t only these ones in the stadium, but also in squares all up and down Portugal, for sure.”

 


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Portugal left-back, Raphael Guerreiro:

“Was the goal a relief? Yes, a big relief! It was a decisive goal, with a touch of luck, but I’m very happy to have scored and that afterwards we got two more goals. I’m very happy with this game. Our opponents were very strong, they defended very well. We had all of the ball. But we had to be patient.”

 

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo:

“The important thing was to win. It was a tough game against a team that defended well for the 90 minutes, but we managed to score three goals and I’m very happy that the team helped me score two goals and be voted the man of the match. It was fundamental to start well to give us confidence and now we have to continue like this.”

 

Portugal midfielder, Renato Sanches:

“It was tough. We knew that playing against defensive and physical teams it would be difficult to score. But luckily we managed to score and win the game which is a good result. The next games will be tough, but we all know in a Euro all the teams are of high quality.” 

 


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Portugal forward, Rafa Silva:

“The only thing missing was scoring the chances we made early on. We knew Hungary would try and defend. They did well in that aspect, and then tried to hit us on the counter-attack. All victories are decisive, are important. We’ll take it game by game and try to win them all.”

 

Portugal midfielder, Danilo:

“We needed to unlock the game with a goal. Afterwards it was easier to score. Then we managed to play some nice football and Ronaldo grabbed a brace. The goal was late, but it was enough to win the game.”

By Tom Kundert

 

 

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Great compilation of "reactions". It's always great to see Santos explaining his decisions. Brilliant manager.

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And some people here have the audacity to criticize Ronaldo. The beast has awaken!

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I was one to say C R 7 is slowing down but ........FOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDAAAAASSSSS. The man gets the job done. We gotta respect what he has done for us even when he at his worst. BADDA BING BADDA BOOM. I'm gonna brag so much as soon as he beats Deli...

I was one to say C R 7 is slowing down but ........FOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDAAAAASSSSS. The man gets the job done. We gotta respect what he has done for us even when he at his worst. BADDA BING BADDA BOOM. I'm gonna brag so much as soon as he beats Deli Ali Record.

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As earlier predicted, CR7 has once AGAIN shut up the doubters. No need to defend his reputation on the keyboard, he does it on the pitch. Forca Portugal!!

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I'm ultimately happy with the 3 points, but Santos's tactics drive me crazy. Why are William and Danilo in lineup versus Hungary? Hungary sat in a low block and rarely went forward, but you've got the two holding midfielders who barely pose a...

I'm ultimately happy with the 3 points, but Santos's tactics drive me crazy. Why are William and Danilo in lineup versus Hungary? Hungary sat in a low block and rarely went forward, but you've got the two holding midfielders who barely pose a threat going forward. I could see versus a top, dangerous, side, but Hungary really? Look at the 2nd goal, penalty set up by Renato's run terrific from midfield. They missed that dimension from the midfield and I think they need to start Renato or Neves over William. I like William and he can be a good sub. But in today's game you can't play two holding midfielders like that, you need more pace and creativity moving forward. Bruno looked isolated until late in the game, he'd particularly benefit from another CM going forward, like he is used to at United. My two cents.

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agreed 2 bloody stiff sticks no need for the 2 of them ever to play together again ever....

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Agreed - should not start both together again. Should start Danilo ahead of Carvalho and bring in the latter as a sub.

AND RENATO NEEDS TO START, PERIOD

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Dias will be wearing a yellow card. Watch him get booked versus Germany. Pepe 2.0 all over again

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A lot of great comments. My take:

*Scary game 1 but a win is a win
*Jota was wasteful but loved his effort and give him credit he got chances
*Kind of quiet game for both Bruno and Bernardo. We need both to be better to win this thing. Here...

A lot of great comments. My take:

*Scary game 1 but a win is a win
*Jota was wasteful but loved his effort and give him credit he got chances
*Kind of quiet game for both Bruno and Bernardo. We need both to be better to win this thing. Here and there showed some of their exceptional quality.
*Danilo and Carvalho? I think after the friendly and today, if he doesn't start Renato for one, no amount of whiskey will help me through this. His effort, runs, strength, speed in just 10 mins showed he is a MUST start.
*Guerreiro and Semedo. I thought the latter was better. Guerreiro 90% of the time was passing back or sideways. Yes I get we played Park the Bus central but he was just ok. Not a fan. I like Mendes better.
*Pepe and Dias solid vs a mediocre team. Latter has to relax and be careful or we are going to lose him to cards.

CR7. Reminder Zidane retired at 34. The genius Ronaldinho was 32 when he moved back to Brasil. This guy is 36 and bloody incredible. PK aside, goal 3 was brilliant. He can go a large stretch quiet and then BANG, delivers...again and again. He is no longer the 25 yr old that ran up and down the wing terrorizing defenders. Who cares! Anyone who doesn't want this guy on their team has some screws loose. The GOAT. Again and Again. Enjoy his remaining years serving our Portugal!

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Happy we won but against Germany and France especially we need speed and aggressive play in the mid field. Somehow we have to find the mix that can give France issues. Kante and Pogba can't let them control the match.

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Cr7 shut me up n he was right to be msd at jota,but he would have shot at goal in jotas positions too...

Why o why william n danilo in the same 11 irs utterly horrible to watch ffs...

id like to keep one danilo i think and bring in any one...

Cr7 shut me up n he was right to be msd at jota,but he would have shot at goal in jotas positions too...

Why o why william n danilo in the same 11 irs utterly horrible to watch ffs...

id like to keep one danilo i think and bring in any one felix choice 1 more attacking skills dribbles sexy football ,or nevez renato or moutinho even sergio...

love the Hungary ??people love how the stadium ?was packed love it love it...

I hope Hungary get some points of france ?? germany....

france lucky last night ,the germans will be desperate Saturday...

forcaaaaaa love rafa and uis 3 assists

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The best part about never being a Ronaldo doubter is I've been proven right for about 15 years straight. From the "he'll ever be as good as Figo" days to "he only plays well for Real Madrid" to the many articles/times when people said he was...

The best part about never being a Ronaldo doubter is I've been proven right for about 15 years straight. From the "he'll ever be as good as Figo" days to "he only plays well for Real Madrid" to the many articles/times when people said he was "finished".

One day, I'll be proven wrong but who knows when that day will actually come?

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