Portugal vs Hungary, Cristiano Ronaldo’s world-record-breaking day occurred in front of the European Championship’s first-ever sold-out audience.
In the 87th minute, from the penalty spot, the Portugal legend set the record for most career goals at the tournament and then added another in injury time to give the reigning champions a 3-0 triumph over Hungary on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 2 goals in Portugal's 3-0 win vs Hungary.
His 11 career EURO goals are the most in tournament history and he's up to 106 career international goals. The men's world record is held by Iran’s Ali Daei with 109. pic.twitter.com/ff0CzTxIxa
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Full match with full attendance
However, in Portugal vs Hungary, Ronaldo’s goals were not the only exciting aspect of the game. This was the first match played in a full stadium on the fifth day of the Euro 2020 tournament. The 67,215-seat Puskas Arena was filled with predominantly Hungarian fans who made themselves heard throughout the game. Hungary is the only one of the ten countries holding tournament matches that allow full attendance.
This provided Ronaldo with a large number of historical witnesses. The 67,215-seat Puskas Arena was filled with predominantly Hungarian fans who made themselves heard throughout the game. Hungary is the only one of the ten countries holding tournament matches that allow full attendance.
This provided Ronaldo with a large number of historical witnesses. “The most important thing was to win,” Ronaldo said. “It was a difficult game against a well-defended opponent, but we scored three goals, and I am grateful to the team for assisting me on two of them.”Since Euro 2004, the Juventus forward has competed in five European Championships. He was tied with Michel Platini at nine goals going into this year’s edition, but that only lasted 87 minutes.
Ronaldo, 36, also made history by becoming the first player to score in five consecutive European Championships.
Ronaldo scored his first goal when Willi Orban fouled Rafa Silva in the area and the referee awarded a penalty kick. Ronaldo, who had missed an open chance toward the first half’s conclusion, scored his record with a shot to the right of the goal.
The second came when he combined with Silva in front of goal, skipped past Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, and rolled the ball into an empty net with his left foot.
Ronaldo’s scoring record
At a stadium named after another great scorer, FerencPuskas, Ronaldo shattered the scoring record. With 84 goals in 85 games for his country, the Hungarian was arguably the best finisher of the 1950s. He, too, used to play for Real Madrid, just like Ronaldo.
He’s also only three goals behind veteran Iran striker Ali Daei’s 109 international goals for his country. With a shot that rebounded off a defender and caught Gulacsi off guard, Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro scored the game’s first goal three minutes before Ronaldo’s.
The fans made the most of their presence, and the raucous atmosphere reached new heights as Hungary came close to taking the lead in the 80th minute. Szabolcs can be substituted. Schon cut in from the right side and sent a low shot into the net’s corner. Schon was offside when he rushed onto the ball, so the goal was disallowed.
Hungary’s most ardent supporters gathered behind one of the goals and were unwavering in their support.