European Championship

Hungary 3-3 Portugal

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport

Portugal will play Croatia in the last 16 at Euro 2016 after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a six-goal thriller against Hungary in Lyon.

A Zoltan Gera half-volley put Hungary in front but Ronaldo set up Nani to fire in an equaliser before the break.

Two deflected Balazs Dzsudzsak strikes twice restored Hungary's lead early in the second half, but a Ronaldo flick and header levelled on each occasion.

Hungary progress as Group F winners, with Portugal through in third place.

Portugal had been on course to play England in the last 16 as they occupied second place in the group at the final whistle in Lyon, but it was Iceland who claimed the runner-up spot with a dramatic injury-time winner against Austria in Paris.

Portugal, who would have crashed out had they lost to Hungary, have now reached the knockout stage in all seven of their European Championship appearances.

Hungary, who were denied a winner when Adam Szalai's shot hit the post, will now play Belgium, who finished second in Group E.

Relive Hungary v Portugal

Relief for Ronaldo

Portugal's average position map (right) showed Ronaldo (7) as their highest-placed player, while Hungary sat back but still carried a threat on the counter-attack
Portugal's average position map (right) showed Ronaldo (7) as their highest-placed player, while Hungary (left) sat back but still carried a threat on the counter-attack

Ronaldo appeared to be feeling the strain of not having scored at the tournament when, during a team stroll ahead of the Hungary match, he grabbed the microphone of a reporter and threw it into a river.

The 31-year-old came into the match with no goals from 20 attempts in the first two matches - including a missed penalty against Austria - and cut a forlorn and frustrated figure after Hungary took the lead through Gera's superb strike.

But the Real Madrid star set up Portugal's equaliser when he played a piercing ball for Nani to drive in a low shot which beat Gabor Kiraly at his near post.

And when Portugal twice fell behind to Dzsudzsak after the break, Ronaldo responded by rediscovering his scoring prowess just when it was needed.

His first goal - a deft flick from Joao Mario's cross - made him the first player to score in four different European Championship finals tournaments.

"A crazy game, we were out of the European Championship three times, and we were always chasing the game," said Ronaldo.

"It's not every team that manages to beat Spain, so we respect them [Croatia]. But we know our strength, we know our worth, and we'll look them in the eyes."

Surprise package Hungary

Unfancied Hungary have emerged as one of the feel-good stories of the Euros and have advanced from the group stage of a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

They conceded 63.2% of possession to Portugal but they scored three goals and caused Portugal's defence plenty of problems, even though manager Bernd Storck did not play four players on yellow cards.

They went ahead when 37-year-old former West Brom and Fulham midfielder Gera chested down a half-cleared corner before drilling home from 25 yards, while a free-kick and left-footed strike from Dzsudzsak went in off Andre Gomes and Nani respectively.

Akos Elek and Gergo Lovrencsics also went close, while a shot from Szalai effort struck the post in a pulsating game.

Man of the match - Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores a header for his country against Hungary
Two goals and an assist for Ronaldo on the occasion of his 17th European Championship finals appearance, taking him one clear of the record he had shared with Edwin van der Sar and Lillian Thuram.

What they said

Hungary manager Bernd Storck: "I think it's a dream for the whole of Hungary - I'm speechless. The fans really supported us in the two previous games, but today it was even better."

Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera: "We're on a fantastic journey. It means a lot to the team. The best wine is the oldest one, and the oldest wine is getting better and better, and I'm happy about that."

Portugal coach Fernando Santos: "This is what Cristiano is all about. He has to score because he's a winner. He plays up front and feeds on goals. This game increased his confidence levels."

The stats you need to know

  • Only Michel Platini (9) has scored more goals at European Championships than Cristiano Ronaldo (8).
  • Zoltan Gera is the second-oldest goalscorer at a European Championship (37 years, 61 days), after Austrian Ivica Vastic (38 years, 256 days)
  • Gera's goal was his first for Hungary since since 14 November 2014 v Finland (586 days ago).
  • Dzsudzsak is the first player to score two goals from outside the box in the same game at the Euros since Wayne Rooney (England v Croatia in 2004).

What next?

Portugal will play Croatia on Saturday, 25 June at 20:00 BST in Lens, while Hungary will play their last-16 tie on Sunday, 26 June at 20:00 BST in Toulouse.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Király
  • 2Lang
  • 23JuhászBooked at 28mins
  • 20GuzmicsBooked at 13mins
  • 3Korhut
  • 10GeraBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBeseat 45'minutes
  • 16Pintér
  • 14LovrencsicsSubstituted forStieberat 83'minutes
  • 6Elek
  • 7DzsudzsákBooked at 56mins
  • 9SzalaiSubstituted forNémethat 71'minutes


  • 4Kádár
  • 5Fiola
  • 8Nagy
  • 11Németh
  • 12Dibusz
  • 13Böde
  • 15Kleinheisler
  • 17Nikolic
  • 18Stieber
  • 19Priskin
  • 21Bese
  • 22Gulácsi


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 11Vieira de Freitas
  • 3Pepe
  • 6Carvalho
  • 19Eliseu
  • 10João Mário
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 45'minutes
  • 15André GomesSubstituted forRicardo Quaresmaat 61'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forDaniloat 81'minutes


  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 4José Fonte
  • 5Jose Guerreiro
  • 9Macedo Lopes
  • 12Lopes
  • 13Danilo
  • 16Renato Sanches
  • 18Ferreira Silva
  • 20Ricardo Quaresma
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 22Dos Reis Carvalho
  • 23Adrien Silva
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamPortugal
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hungary 3, Portugal 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hungary 3, Portugal 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Renato Sanches (Portugal).

  4. Post update

    Adám Lang (Hungary) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).

  6. Post update

    Ákos Elek (Hungary) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Roland Juhász (Hungary).

  10. Post update

    Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Zoltán Stieber (Hungary).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danilo Pereira.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hungary. Zoltán Stieber replaces Gergö Lovrencsics.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Danilo Pereira replaces Nani.

  15. Post update

    Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mihaly Korhut (Hungary).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Portugal. Renato Sanches tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Renato Sanches.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Hungary. Krisztian Németh tries a through ball, but Barnabas Bese is caught offside.

As It Stood






3Northern Ireland31022203


4Czech Rep301225-31


3R. of Ireland311124-24


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