Portugal 3-3 Hungary

Portugal are still alive at Euro 2016... just.

Three times the Seleção fell behind, as Zoltan Gera and Dzudzsak (twice) scored for Hungary, and three times Portugal came back through Nani and captain Cristiano Ronaldo (twice).

The Seleção finish third in Group F and now travel to Lens in north France to play Croatia in the last-16 match.

 

 

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Portugal 3-3 Hungary

There have been plenty of surprise packages in Euro 2016 thus far and Portugal's Group F had two of them in Iceland and Hungary. Surely though, Portugal could get back on track against Hungary?

The media focus was, of course, on Crstiano Ronaldo. His throwing of Correio da Manhã's microhpone had been his best effort of the competition thus far. A lot of the focus was also on Fernando Santos' team selection. Santos reverted his team back to 4-4-2 for this one with André Gomes, William Carvalho, João Moutinho and João Mário. Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo started with Ricardo Quaresma returning to the bench. Ronaldo now jumps ahead of Lillian Thuram and Edwin Van Der Sar as the player with the most appearances in the European Championships. A goal for him, as we all know by now, would be a record for him by becoming the first man to score in 4 different European Championships.

Hungary take the lead

Portugal started the game looking nervous and failed to settle with the Hungarians not content to give up first place in the group. Indeed, the Hungarians took a shock lead through the veteran Zoltán Gera. A Hungary corner was cleared out to the midfielder whose precision shot snuck through a crowd of players and Rui Patrício to open the scoring.

Portugal had to attack Hungary now, with 3rd place qualification only guaranteed if they managed to get a point. They left themselves open to Hungarian counter attacks with Bernd Storck's team looking to exploit the flanks.

It looked like Portugal were going to go into the break 1-0 down but Cristiano Ronaldo found a sharp through ball to Nani. The winger's quick shot went under Gábor Király to lift Portuguese heads.

At half-time both managers made alterations. Fernando Santos brought on Renato Sanches for the ineffective Moutinho whereas Hungary brought on Barnabás Bese for goalscorer Gera who was on a yellow card.

Portugal were immediately pegged back after the first half when Balázs Dzsudzsák's freekick took a wicked deflection that Patrício could do nothing about.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally gets off the mark

The Hungarians had another great chance minutes later and Portugal looked in danger of falling apart. Instead, the moment Portugal had been waiting for so long in this tournament arrived when Cristiano Ronaldo got his goal in the 50th minute.

João Mário found space on the right-hand side, the kind of space he has thrived in this season, and his low cross was magically flicked in by Ronaldo, marking his record-breaking appearance with a record-breaking goal at last.

Just 5 minutes later it was déjà vu for Portugal when it was another Dzsudzsák deflected goal that once put Hungary in the lead for a third time. This time, the Portugal defence was at fault as they failed to get close to the Hungarian on the edge of the area.

Ricardo Quaresma makes an instant impact

The goal forced Fernando Santos into a change with Ricardo Quaresma coming on for André Gomes. The Portugal coach's change was immediately validated when Quaresma's cross from a short corner found the head of Cristiano Ronaldo to make it 3-3.

It was almost another quick response from Hungary when they broke free on the left wing and Ákos Elek hit the post. Another warning for Portugal that for all their possession, Hungary were still very dangerous on the break if they felt like it.

With Iceland vs. Austria level in Paris, Portugal were set to qualify in second place. At this point, Hungary no longer put any intent into attacking and were understandably happy with a draw and achieve an amazing shock first place in the group. Fernando Santos helped Hungary by taking off goalscorer Nani and bringing on Danilo.

With the scores as they were in both games it looked like Portugal would be playing England yet again. Until Iceland, the true shock team of the tournament, grabbed a late, late winner against Austria putting them second in the group.

The players will wonder why Portugal didn't go for the win in the last 10-15 minutes. After the match it looked like Cristiano Ronaldo especially was unhappy with Santos' conservatism.

Third place puts Portugal against the impressive Croatian team. They will still need to improve dramatically but there are signs that they are improving, even it is only in the attacking end of the pitch

by Richard Cole

Hungary XI: Gábor Király; Ádám Lang, Richárd Guzmics, Roland Juhász, Mihály Korhut; Gergő Lovrencsics (Zoltán Stieber, 82'), Ádám Pintér, Ákos Elek, Zoltán Gera (Barnabás Bese, 46'), Balázs Dzsudzsák; Ádám Szalai (Krisztián Németh, 70')

Portugal XI: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Eliseu; André Gomes (Ricardo Quaresma, 61'), William Carvalho, João Moutinho (Renato Sanches, 46'), João Mário; Nani (Danilo Pereira, 80'), Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Comments (29)

  1. StressedOUT

Is it just me or was all this stress in the 1st 3 matches for nothing. Even though Portugal haven't won yet which I find unbelievable the way the bracket has settled is in their favor. And we can thank Iceland for that, scoring in the last minute...

Is it just me or was all this stress in the 1st 3 matches for nothing. Even though Portugal haven't won yet which I find unbelievable the way the bracket has settled is in their favor. And we can thank Iceland for that, scoring in the last minute of their game. Sure Croatia will be tough but the road to the final could have been much more difficult without that Iceland goal.

Anyway Portugal seem to be the most frustrating and unlucky team to watch. Hopefully with this new luck on the way the bracket settled they can pick themselves up and at least make a finals appearance. Just some thoughts on the actual game.. Quaresma is a game changer, he deserves to start. Him and Ronaldo make an excellent team. I never really liked Nani but he has made some critical goals. I like Renato over moutinho. Guerreiro should start over Eliseu. And Cedric over vierinha. I think both carvalho's played well and andre gomes is a nice part of the midfield. Joao Mario is mediocre..

For next game..
Patricio
cedric- pepe- carvalho- Guerreiro
gomes-w.carvalho- rafa
quaresma-ronaldo-nani

3 subs
Moutinho
joao mario
danilo

Stay the heck away from EDER, the worst striker ever!

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  1. Justin/rochester

That game easily took three days off of my life. That first goal for Hungary was almost exactly like the goal Portugal gave up against the USA in the World Cup. Nani just skimmed the ball with his head in front of the goal for an uncontested...

That game easily took three days off of my life. That first goal for Hungary was almost exactly like the goal Portugal gave up against the USA in the World Cup. Nani just skimmed the ball with his head in front of the goal for an uncontested shot. I really don't know what to say but at the same time I have so much to say. I won't even shower praise on Ronaldo because that's what the majority of you guys might do. I'm thrilled about Renato coming in at half. He's so much more impactful than Moutinho is. I'll keep this short. When did Portugal forget how to defend without fouling? Seriously? So many unnecessary fouls in dangerous areas. We're playing Croatia next which means we can't give up free kicks to Modric or Rakitic. I'm happy to avoid England because in all honesty I think England would have beat us by a couple goals. Wow just wow, I didn't breathe for 93 minutes. My only fear, yes my ONLY fear is the defending. So many times these players just literally walked past our back four. I know carvalho is a legendary defender but I really am scared about him. He can't defend one on one that well and his lack of speed and agility makes him foul. It's like his mind is still advanced but his body can't follow and so he has to foul. I don't know if Fonte is any better but at this point maybe we stick with carvalho because he's in rhythm? That's similar to how I feel about Vieirinha as well. I'd prefer to see Cedric but maybe it's too late to mess with the back four. One thing for sure is if Raphael is fit to play he has to start again. Oh yeah I thought Joao Mario looked lively today as well. Ok last thing. What's up with the sloppy first touch for Portugal? Is it just me or does it seem like every pass to each other has a bouncy first touch? We have to be more clinical against teams that well press us. Those sloppy first touches will lead to counter attacks and our defense is shaky.

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  1. Robert

Portugal have to get better. I didn't see much of Croatia or Switzerland. Poland is better than Portugal right now.

The defense has to get better. When they give openings, the openings are MASSIVE.
I hope Raphael Guerreiro returns. I just...

Portugal have to get better. I didn't see much of Croatia or Switzerland. Poland is better than Portugal right now.

The defense has to get better. When they give openings, the openings are MASSIVE.
I hope Raphael Guerreiro returns. I just don't see Eliseu as a world class player. He is a solid defender, but he gives nothing on offense.
I liked Renato Sanchez coming on at half. Problem - he and Joao Mario have their spacing all wrong often.

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that back four has their work cut out for them against Croatia.... Sanches needs to start.... Mario needs to sit....
Portugal didn't look good today but anything can happen once the knockout stage begins.... Still, i would've preferred playing...

that back four has their work cut out for them against Croatia.... Sanches needs to start.... Mario needs to sit....
Portugal didn't look good today but anything can happen once the knockout stage begins.... Still, i would've preferred playing Wales or England.... settling for the draw was embarassing....

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  1. SupremoGino

Luck was not on our side today or was it?

What a roller coaster of a match with the timing of the goals and Portugal having to pull back from three consecutive deficits to rescue qualification. It didn't look good for us conceding two goals off...

Luck was not on our side today or was it?

What a roller coaster of a match with the timing of the goals and Portugal having to pull back from three consecutive deficits to rescue qualification. It didn't look good for us conceding two goals off of major deflections. Each of them just gave me a really bad feeling. As if this game was not to be decided by the players but by something supernatural. The lack of luck was so extraordinarily horrifying, our fate seemed predetermined. I don't know what changed thereafter but Ronaldo showed up and perhaps with each of his goals a prayer was answered. I kept wondering how many lives do we have left to keep conceding like that and having Nani or CR7 come to the rescue. Certainly if Hungary did not hit the post to make it 4, would Portugal have we managed to come back again? We're probably better off not knowing at all.

With all this being said, i'm extremely satisfied with a draw. Because without it.. it's fair to say Portugal would have lost rather than won. It's hard to find the logic in all of this. Group F comes to a conclusion with Hungary and Iceland topping the group.. neither team were projected to land 1st or 2nd never mind qualify for the knockout rounds and Austria finishes in 4th. Nothing makes sense. Even more bizarre is Iceland scoring on the last kick of the game, ensuring they play England and we play Croatia who managed to beat Spain the night before. If not for that, we would be meeting with Spain.
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All in all we go from the brink of elimination, to qualifying on the "easier" side of the bracket and playing Croatia. Teams like Albania who at least won a match are on their way out of the competition. Portugal who has yet to even win are going through. Haha, this is so ridiculous. Could it be Portugal's destiny to go all the way?

I'm more concerned about our performances particularly today which was beyond awful than I am about who we have to play and our given path in the knockout rounds. Defence was terrible. We need Guerreiro back in the line up asap and hope Santos comes to his senses and finally uses Cedric for this next one. In years past, never would have feared Croatia. Can't say I feel same way based on how Portugal is playing. We seriously need to get our sh** together. Stop giving Ronaldo all the kicks from 40+ yards and let's respect our opponents more. Santos says he's not leaving until July 11th, how about taking it one game at a time so the players are more focused then instead acting like we already won the damn thing? We have a lot of players in their first ever tournament, hope these past games has helped them in experience and helped Santos grow in his decision making too. Força Portugal.

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  1. Ash

The defense proved everything I knew would happen. They looked incredibly shaky the first 2 games and we're lucky we didn't get scored on more. Just terrible.
If one thing is for sure, it's that Danilo and William must start together. We are...

The defense proved everything I knew would happen. They looked incredibly shaky the first 2 games and we're lucky we didn't get scored on more. Just terrible.
If one thing is for sure, it's that Danilo and William must start together. We are coming up against the best midfield in the tournament. We need them to break up anything that comes our way and to protect that back four at all cost. We need to stop giving up stupid freekicks in dangerous areas. Oh and Moutinho cannot play and definitely not start under any circumstance. And lol at the comment about Eliseu being a solid defender. The guy is one of the worst defenders I have ever seen. Constantly being caught out of position. I pray Guerreiro is fit and back next game or we will suffer goals and that will be mainly Eliseu's fault.

It seems incredibly unfair that we only have 2 days rest. I would start with

-------------Rui Patricio--------------
Cédric---Pepe---Fonte---Guerreiro
J.Mario---William---Danilo---Quaresma
---------Nani--------Ronaldo----
Subs Renato, Rafa, Gomes

If we beat Croatia we have a very good chance of making the finals. Let's do this!

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  1. David

Now that we all can breath, let's be realistic here. Portugal's defence looked terrible, even with some bad deflections that were clearly bad luck. Still trying to understand why Eliseu was playing left-back (HE WAS TERRIBLE TODAY!!!) when...

Now that we all can breath, let's be realistic here. Portugal's defence looked terrible, even with some bad deflections that were clearly bad luck. Still trying to understand why Eliseu was playing left-back (HE WAS TERRIBLE TODAY!!!) when Raphael Guerreiro has been one of Portugal's best players in the tournament. Also, I have said it from the beginning, Joao Moutinho is out of form coming off injury all season, not sure why he is still starting. Against Croatia you ned to put Guerreiro back in and start either Renato Sanches or Adrien. As Portuguese fans, we are all used to them always playing at their opponents level. All we can hope for now is that they step up their game against Croatia which they can. We should all be happy that Iceland scored that goal cause now we are on the easy side of the bracket.

Last, I love Ricardo Carvalho, but he is clearly getting old and cannot handle the counter attacks. I don't understand how Jose Fonte is not starting next to Pepe at CB.

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  1. Felipe

3 draws not good enough, were lucky we have a life line and were through, these boys need to click....@david eliseu played because Guerreiro was injured...Missed guerreiro big time today, eliseu was poor! Ronaldo stepped up, but we leaked silly...

3 draws not good enough, were lucky we have a life line and were through, these boys need to click....@david eliseu played because Guerreiro was injured...Missed guerreiro big time today, eliseu was poor! Ronaldo stepped up, but we leaked silly goals today. Sanches for me has to start, even if hes 18 hes going to Bayern for £30 million or whatever sum it was, he needs a chance, Joao mountinho has been poor he needs to go one the bench.

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  1. jon/usa

My takeaways from the Hungary game:

1. After two extremely disappointing performances against Iceland and Austria, Ronaldo stepped up big time against Hungary. A superb assist and two clutch goals -- the first was a thing of beauty.

2. We were...

My takeaways from the Hungary game:

1. After two extremely disappointing performances against Iceland and Austria, Ronaldo stepped up big time against Hungary. A superb assist and two clutch goals -- the first was a thing of beauty.

2. We were an absolute mess without the ball. Santos' sides are generally pragmatic, tactically disciplined, and well-organized, but today our defense was absolutely abysmal. Eliseu in particular was a huge liability -- he offered nothing going forward and his defending on Hungary's third goal was ridiculously poor. Pepe has looked shaky in every game and Carvalho is begging to look tired after three games in quick succession. Let's hope that Guerreiro will be fit in time to face Croatia, otherwise we're in big trouble.

3. Joao Moutinho was ineffective yet again. He's always neat and tidy, but he just can't dominate a midfield the way he used to. While he's young and inexperienced, I would opt for Renato in the Croatia match. He is far more dynamic than Moutinho and his brute strength and athleticism could prove vital against a midfield consisting the likes of Modric and Rakitic -- both technically brilliant, yet weak physically.

4. Joao Mario was quiet in the first half, but outstanding in the second. He has to start against Croatia.

5. Quaresma proves yet again why he is more effective as a super sub. I'd stick with Gomes and Mario on the wings vs. Croatia to start the match.

6. Finishing third could prove to be a blessing in disguise when you consider that we've avoided the "bracket of death". Croatia were extremely impressive in the group phase and will undoubtedly be difficult to beat, but if we do beat them (and we have more than enough quality to do so) we would have a pretty straightforward path to the final -- I would certainly rather play the likes of Croatia, Poland/Switzerland, Wales/Belgium than Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.

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  1. Chris

Man oh man... what to say? What a frustrating tournament to watch as a Seleccao fan. Portugal really do play to the level of their competition. I don't need to state the obvious here, as everyone else has, such as Eliseu should never start,...

Man oh man... what to say? What a frustrating tournament to watch as a Seleccao fan. Portugal really do play to the level of their competition. I don't need to state the obvious here, as everyone else has, such as Eliseu should never start, Fonte and Cedric should play and Renato earned a start over Moutinho.

Rather, I would like to talk about this perpetual cycle of disappointment Portugal is capable of every few years. So many factors go into developing world-class international teams. Player development, national league development, youth leagues, coaching standards. In all these areas, Portugal has been investing well and quite considerably. B teams have helped develop a wealth of talent. Portuguese managers are more employable and popular than ever.

So what is missing? Ladies and gentlemen, I make the case for an old problem: over-reliance or belief that we have over-reliance on Ronaldo. There is no question about the man's skill. And he showed today he can score, but the team dynamic is massively affected by the "look for Ronaldo" ideology. Santos vowed to change this, but the at least 12 free kicks I have seen Ronaldo waste indicate to me that the "get Ronaldo the ball" mentality is still the biggest obstacle.

The other issue is our defence is way too high up. This is less of an issue when Guerreiro plays, but we see today what happens when Eliseu and Vierinha (2 natural wingers) start at the same time. This is a tactical issue and can be rectified by the inclusion of Cedric and Guerreiro (the 2 guaranteed starters for my money) as well as swapping out Carvalho for Fonte. Everyone has been saying "Carvalho looks great for 38", and he has, but with a high-lined defence and no defending wingbacks, Carvalho and Pepe are left exposed by even mediocre players.

The shape at the back has to change as do the squad selections. But the biggest issue is still the Ronaldo conundrum. I love the guy, but he either has to start playing for the team or give up his spot to Rafa. I know that sounds like blasphemy, but the TEAM must win, not Ronaldo + 10 other dudes.

Cheers.

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