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ALL SMILES: Record breaking Ronaldo guides Portugal to victory

ALL SMILES: Record breaking Ronaldo guides Portugal to victory

PA - Martin Rickett

 

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new European Championship goalscoring record as Portugal got their title defence off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in Budapest.

The Juventus forward’s 10th goal at the finals, via a late penalty, saw him surpass Michel Platini’s tally of nine, all of which were scored in the 1984 edition, and he added another in injury time to get to 11.

Six minutes from time Raphael Guerreiro’s shot took a huge deflection off the centre-back to give goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi no chance and hand Portugal a fortunate lead

The floodgates then opened and up stepped Ronaldo to hit a brace and kill any chance of a comeback in his usual devastating style.

 

Heartbreak

 

Only Spain a decade ago have successfully retained their title and Portugal started with six of the Euro 2016 winners in their team for this Group F opener in front of a 61,000-strong crowd at the Puskas Arena.

The hosts were able to frustrate their opponents throughout the 90 minutes, and although they had very few chances, the biggest one came late on.

Substitute Szabolcs Schon thought he had snatched an historic victory 10 minutes from time when he cut in from the right to beat Rui Patricio at his near post but a late offside flag was confirmed by VAR and the celebrations were cut short.

Guerreiro's deflected effort and Ronaldo's brace got Portugal off to the perfect start in Group F, as they look to avoid a well drilled England side in the knockout stages.


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