Portugal’s European Championship defence began last night in front of a packed crowd in Budapest, the Seleção managing to wear down their opponents to score three times in the final stages of the match to top their group after the first round of group games.

Here’s the PortuGOAL verdict on how Fernando Santos’ charges performed yesterday afternoon.

 

 

XI

Rui Patrício - 6 (out of 10)

Not much for him to do barring a handful of comfortable saves you would expect him to make. Did not cover himself in glory when Hungary thought they had broken the deadlock although it ultimately mattered not when the offside flag correctly denied the hosts.

Nélson Semedo - 7.5 MOTM

Fair to suggest the biggest question mark in Santos’ XI was floating above Semedo’s head, somewhat thrown in after the withdrawal of the outstanding João Cancelo. The Wolves fullback put some inconsistency for his club behind him with a brave and highly effective performance, in which he got forward well, put crosses in the box, passed solidly and defended astutely.

Raphaël Guerreiro - 6.5

A bit of an up and down game at times, some of his passing and linkups on the left flank were a little inconsistent but like many of the team he grew into the game as it went on. Although his finish was ultimately fortuitous, he deserves major credit for getting himself into the attacking position to fire in the all important first goal late on.

Pepe - 7

Played with the confidence and experience of a man who has virtually done it all in the game. Passing and positioning mostly outstanding, helping to snuff out the relatively rare Hungary attacks that came his way.

Rúben Dias - 7

What we have come to expect from Dias of late, calm on the ball and aggressive off it, maybe too much of the latter threatened to creep into his game although his booking was harsh. Looked immensely comfortable on this stage and looks ready to take on the role of one of Portugal’s major leaders that so many hope he can fulfil. 


Late flurry gets Portugal off to perfect start at Euro 2020 - Hungary 0-3 match report


William Carvalho - 6

Questions of his sharpness surrounded his participation in this tournament, and it’s not always easy to tell with William given his serene style on the ball. However “The Velvet Tank” put in a solid if unspectacular display, showing moments of the wide range of passing he possesses.

Danilo - 7

Quietly impressive and appeared to grow in stature as the game developed. Showcased some decent long range passing at times and together with William he formed an effective screen for the back four.

Bruno Fernandes - 6

One of the big names of the tournament as a whole, in the first half his set piece delivery looked in decent shape but his contribution to open play was fairly fleeting. Not too much improved on his part in the second half, although he did force a good save from Gulasci with a long range effort, and also played a nice pass in the buildup to Guerreiro’s opener.

Bernardo Silva - 5

Showed flashes of his ability, notably playing Jota in for an early chance but overall not enough from one of the players Portugal were and will be looking towards to unlock games like this. Hesitated when in a dangerous position later in the first half, and his passing and delivery was not at the level he would have wanted.

Diogo Jota - 5

A difficult one as he is a player who makes things happen and he threatened to do so throughout the first half, showing a couple of nice turns and testing Gulasci on a couple of occasions. However, an immensely frustrating display overall, one of the aforementioned efforts should have been squared to Ronaldo, and in general his timing and passing just seemed off.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 7

In many ways a typical performance for him in terms of his latter years. Struggled to be as involved as he would have liked, and missed a great chance in the first half. Wasn’t to be denied late on though, coolly dispatching a penalty before brilliantly scoring the third when he rounded off a fine team move.


“It was fundamental to start well to give us confidence. Now we have to continue like this.” - match reaction


Subs

Rafa Silva - 7

Considered a curious selection for the squad let alone to come on during the game by many observers, and initially he justified such claims as he looked bereft of confidence and direction. However he then took on a key role in all three goals, his deflected cross found Guerreiro for the opener, his own brilliant skill saw him win the penalty before he linked superbly with Ronaldo for number three.

Renato Sanches - 6.5

His time on the pitch was brief but he showed just what he is capable of with an excellent combination of skill and physicality to play a significant role in the second goal.

André Silva - 5.5

Nothing wrong but didn’t get into the game in the very short period he was on.

João Moutinho - n/a

Not enough time for a rating.

By Jamie Farr

@FRfutebolJamie

 

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I don’t want to be critical but why would Uefa let a full stadium during a pandemic.It seems to me that uefa&fifa should be fair with everyone,it’s either a full stadium or not.I am glad that we won but could have lost,the crowd was trying to...

I don’t want to be critical but why would Uefa let a full stadium during a pandemic.It seems to me that uefa&fifa should be fair with everyone,it’s either a full stadium or not.I am glad that we won but could have lost,the crowd was trying to influence the referee decision.Uefa&Fifa should be fair with everyone.

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Sorry my mistake l just wanted to make a correction.

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Can someone answer me this: why the late subs? and why so defensive? Hungary didn't want to attack and our tactics stayed the same!
Notes: I thought the Rafa sub was good until you watch the game again, I think the only time he connected on a...

Can someone answer me this: why the late subs? and why so defensive? Hungary didn't want to attack and our tactics stayed the same!
Notes: I thought the Rafa sub was good until you watch the game again, I think the only time he connected on a pass was the goal scored by Ronaldo.
Jota is completely off, hopefully, that run will help for future games.
Bernado or Bruno need to play in the correct position and give them the ball.
Danillo was a beast
Rui got beat at the near post??????
Ok we have one of the best scores of all time, feed him and keep feeding him.
Mr Santos - go and watch the film and correct your mistakes, otherwise, Germany will win.

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No Danilo and Carvalho together....start Renato, period. Move Silva and Fernandes more inside..

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I totally agree with you. Renato in. Bernardo and Bruno in their right positions and Andre Silva as striker against Germany.

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How is it fair to limit the number of spectators in Hungary because the UK or Germany have different laws? And UEFA or FIFA don't have the capacity to do a medical research by themselves in order to overrule the regulations of the local...

How is it fair to limit the number of spectators in Hungary because the UK or Germany have different laws? And UEFA or FIFA don't have the capacity to do a medical research by themselves in order to overrule the regulations of the local governments, which is good since that would cause serious conflicts and as we know, UEFA displayed authoritarian and communist behavior in many
past situations. Like for example the world cup qualifiers where equality for them meant not having VAR at all instead of allowing the ones who have it use it or help everyone acquire the technology.

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I agree with you but having a full capacity crowd for a home game is an advantage (the 12th man) . I think its just a matter of fairness. Like all teams should be required to have only x number of fans. Just because Hungary is open , it...

I agree with you but having a full capacity crowd for a home game is an advantage (the 12th man) . I think its just a matter of fairness. Like all teams should be required to have only x number of fans. Just because Hungary is open , it did create an advantage for them. But in the end, we won the game so rather than only 15,000 Hungarians going home crying, there were 60,000 less 1,000 for the Portuguese fans that went home crying. LOL

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Portugal has a quality team that has a dinosaur of a coach who still thinks he is coaching Greece. Maybe he should call Rui Jorge for some advice on how to make substitutes or play attacking football. Will guarantee that against Germany and...

Portugal has a quality team that has a dinosaur of a coach who still thinks he is coaching Greece. Maybe he should call Rui Jorge for some advice on how to make substitutes or play attacking football. Will guarantee that against Germany and France, Santos will park the bus. Honestly, I hope Ronaldo and Santos both retire, because I think the team definitely would play more like they did when they beat Croatia 4-1. Screaming Jota for taking a shot then when he gets a pass on a plate the first time he misses. Players constantly looking to pass to him and looking for approval or afraid to take a shoot. Portugal isn't going anywhere with Ronaldo because they will lose to both Germany and France. Hopefully this forces Ronaldo to retire and for Santos to be replaced. Then you will see real Portuguese football with diagonal passes in the box and more attacking football.

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Wow lusofone, quite the hot take there. How about giving Hungary a little credit? That was an inspired team playing in front of a fantastic home crowd and they just about got it done.

There is no question that Jota should have played the ball...

Wow lusofone, quite the hot take there. How about giving Hungary a little credit? That was an inspired team playing in front of a fantastic home crowd and they just about got it done.

There is no question that Jota should have played the ball over to Ronaldo early on. A goal there could have completely changed the game. That let-off was probably the single biggest reason this game wasn't 3-0 long before extra time in the 2nd half.

As for Santos and Ronaldo, the end of the road will come. But why hope for it now? A tie in one of those last two games will be enough to get to the knock-out stages and this team is better than 2016!

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We have the wrong coach coaching this team!

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I love this place and come here to read and feel safe from mainstream media an occasional Ronaldo hate but that is slowly fading away.

What is wrong with some people here? How are people hoping Ronaldo would get covid or retire right at this...

I love this place and come here to read and feel safe from mainstream media an occasional Ronaldo hate but that is slowly fading away.

What is wrong with some people here? How are people hoping Ronaldo would get covid or retire right at this moment? This man bleeds, fights and gives everything for Portugal, saved us many times to get into Euros and World Cups, helping us in 2016 with his goals and much much more.

Santos is not the right coach for this tean, he needs to stop being so defensive every time, in 2018 it is what broke us against Uruguay... This way of playing won't work against France and Germany, they will obliterate us at this pace.

Renato needs to be a starter and Bernardo needs to be in the middle at his natural position. Stop being so defensive and let them play some football for the love of God.

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I think the point with CR7 and believe me, I love the guy and glad we have him but its his behavior at times during the match that irritates his fans. The raising of the hands and calling out to the other players that he wanted the ball or...

I think the point with CR7 and believe me, I love the guy and glad we have him but its his behavior at times during the match that irritates his fans. The raising of the hands and calling out to the other players that he wanted the ball or was open. So yes , maybe, Jota should had passed him the ball but Ronaldo would had done the same and taken the shot. Jota would playing the striker position, he has a right to take that shot. Does Ronald have to call out Jota on the pitch while pointing to the ground and screaming ,aqui, aqui I was open. Don't show up your own player. CR7 never wants to play the decoy. Again, the guy is great, CR7.

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Dont disagree, not sticking up for the guy, he has his faults. Jota shot was well executed a required a decent save, can't argue his decision.

But what CR7 has to offer well outweighs those little rants his had most of his career. The players...

Dont disagree, not sticking up for the guy, he has his faults. Jota shot was well executed a required a decent save, can't argue his decision.

But what CR7 has to offer well outweighs those little rants his had most of his career. The players know how he is.

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Santos put the muscle in midfield, knowing the harsh tackling style of the hungarians.

This team is a chameleon. You expect them to be one way, and each time they display different colors.

They scored 3 goals in less than 10 min, making...

Santos put the muscle in midfield, knowing the harsh tackling style of the hungarians.

This team is a chameleon. You expect them to be one way, and each time they display different colors.

They scored 3 goals in less than 10 min, making Hungary look like 3rd division team.

And we haven’t seen in action Mendes on the left, Renato for a full match, Felix for his unmatched skills of opening up spaces.

In the previous euros, Santos utilized all the players at his disposal.

The match with Germany will be hard fought.

Considering his recent form, is even harder trying to find out how Ronaldo will show up in this game.

All I can say is: expect the unexpected!

Forca!

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"On and on seems to go but you don't know what you got till it's gone."
Am very surprised by so much negative reaction with Santos and particularly Ronaldo.
Most players are extremely fit, hard working and at a Euro / World Cup it's the best...

"On and on seems to go but you don't know what you got till it's gone."
Am very surprised by so much negative reaction with Santos and particularly Ronaldo.
Most players are extremely fit, hard working and at a Euro / World Cup it's the best players the country has to offer, maybe not as high profile but still great players.

Football play has changed over the years, quality teams seem to cancel each other out particularly in the middle. There is a more directness to the way most teams approach a game and more than ever before teams attack as a cohesive unit the way defending has since the 90's. And if your the defending team you counter.
The ball isn't played in the middle as much and the transition between defence / attack has become key.
And that's why moments of brilliance for goals have become more important then ever.

CR7 may be older, slower, frustrating, etc. Heck there is allot of better quality players out there. But what he does better than anyone maybe ever is those moments of brilliance. And that will be greatly missed when he retires, mark my words. The grass isn't greener on the other side peeps. You will all get your wish soon enough and Portugal will not be the same.

Maybe like Spain so far this tournament, beautiful football but what did they get in the end? No moment of brilliance.
Portugal have had quality like current before, look at Euro 2000 / World Cup 2002 what a team. But we lacked a player like CR7 and we will again.

Thanks for reading.

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