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Five years after their memorable extra-time triumph over hosts France, Portugal finally begin their European Championship title defence this evening.
Portugal insist that the extra burden of expectation as holders with a talented squad spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo will not weigh them down as they also compete with fellow European powerhouses France and Germany in the so-called ‘Group of Death’.
But they could still face a tricky test against a Hungary team that will have no pressure on them at all, with most not giving them even a slight hope of reaching the knockout stages.
The Hungarians are competing at the Euros for only the second time since 1972, though they did reach the last 16 last time around, drawing 3-3 with Portugal in a thrilling contest en route to a heavy defeat by Belgium.
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Hungary vs Portugal news
- GOAL! Ronaldo again, 3-0
- GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo penalty
- GOAL! Guerreiro, 1-0 Portugal
- Cristiano Ronaldo misses a sitter!
- How to watch: ITV
- Starting lineups: Ronaldo, Bruno in
Hardly the biggest surprise of the tournament, but Corinne Diacre, UEFA technical observer, has named Cristiano Ronaldo Star of the Match for "all the chances and the goals".19:14 , Giuseppe Muro
Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary is the joint-biggest win by the reigning champions of the European Championships in their first match of the tournament, equalling the Soviet Union's 3-0 win over Denmark in 1964.
With Germany and France to come in Group F, that late show could be crucial in the final make-up of the ‘group of death’.
Hungary showed this evening they will be no pushover when they play Germany and France.19:11 , Giuseppe Muro
Cristiano Ronaldo 🤩
⚽️ All-time EURO top scorer (11 goals)
🇵🇹 All-time top scorer for Portugal (106 goals)
👕 First player to appear at 5 EURO final tournamentsJune 15, 2021
Watch Ronaldo’s 106th international goal19:10 , Giuseppe Muro
Ronaldo did not have the best of games for 80 minutes but then turned on the style when it mattered to write himself into the record books again.
Watch the moment Ronaldo made history19:09 , Giuseppe Muro
🌟 @CRISTIANO RONALDO BECOMES THE ALL-TIME TOP EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GOALSCORER 🌟June 15, 2021
Full time | Hungary 0-3 Portugal18:53 , Giuseppe Muro
Another record-breaking night for Ronaldo as Portugal kick-off with a win.
GOAL! Hungary 0-3 Portugal | Ronaldo, 90+2 mins18:50 , Giuseppe Muro
Another goal for Ronaldo to seal it. Portugal make a winning start to their European Championship defence.
GOAL! Hungary 0-2 Portugal | Ronaldo (pen), 87 mins18:44 , Giuseppe Muro
Another record for Ronaldo, who becomes the all-time leading scorer at the Euros with his 10th goal at the Euros.
Penalty to Portugal!18:43 , Giuseppe Muro
86 mins: It’s all gone wrong for Hungary. Silva is brought down inside the box and Portugal have a penalty.
GOAL! Hungary 0-1 Portugal | Guerreiro, 85 mins18:42 , Giuseppe Muro
Heartbreak for Hungary. The reigning champion have snatched it. It is a cruel blow for Hungary. Guerreiro's strike inside the box takes a wicked deflection and goes into the corner of the net. No chance for Gulacsi.18:39 , Giuseppe Muro
81 mins: Hungary have the ball in the net! But the flag is up! Substitute Schon beats Patricio on the breakaway and the 60,000+ fans think they have lift-off but their celebrations are cut short. VAR check it but replays show he was offside.18:36 , Giuseppe Muro
77 mins: Ronaldo wants a penalty! He is convinced there was a handball from Fiola as the pair challenge for a ball over the top. The defender’s hand was raised but there’s no way that was deliberate and the referee, and VAR, says no penalty.18:31 , Giuseppe Muro
73 mins: Just for a moment there, there was a bit of worry in the Portugal defence. Kleinheisler does well down the left and crossed into a dangerous position in the box. Szalai is unmarked four yards out but Patricio is able to gather the ball.18:28 , Giuseppe Muro
70 mins: A change for Portugal. Off goes Bernardo Silva, on comes Rafa Silva. The Benfica winger will bring some pace.
Into the final 20 minutes…
Another save from Gulacsi!18:25 , Giuseppe Muro
67 mins: That’s the first time Fernandes has been able to turn and get a shot away. It’s heading towards the bottom corner but Gulacsi gets down low to his right to tip the ball wide. Another good stop from the Hungary goalkeeper.18:23 , Giuseppe Muro
Hungary were viewed as an easy three points for Portugal, Germany and France in Group F but, as Portugal are finding out, that is not the case.
How long will it be before we see Atletico Madrid man Joao Felix?18:22 , Giuseppe Muro
65 mins: There’s still no way through for Portugal. Some more passing from the holders but as soon as it comes into the Hungary box there is no space for Fernandes and Hungary hack the ball away.18:18 , Giuseppe Muro
That was better from Hungary, who are getting forward more than they did in the first half. Into the final 30 minutes.18:18 , Giuseppe Muro
57 mins: Sallai gets onto a loose ball outside the Portugal area and hits a first-time effort at goal straight at Patricio.18:12 , Giuseppe Muro
55 mins: Sallai goes down are a coming together with Dias. The Portugal man is on a yellow card but there was no intent to hurt Sallai as they came together as they challenged a ball over the top.18:11 , Giuseppe Muro
53 mins: Silva and Fernandes have been shackled pretty well so far by Hungary, who were unbeaten in 11 games before the tournament began. Maybe we are seeing why.18:08 , Giuseppe Muro
51 mins: Szalai has a go from long range but shoots straight at Patricio. The Wolves goalkeeper was never really going to be troubled from there.18:05 , Giuseppe Muro
47 mins: Another save from Gulacsi! Pepe rises highest to meet a Fernandes corner but the Hungary goalkeeper gets down to his right to make a decent save.18:03 , Giuseppe Muro
46 mins: We’re back underway in Budapest. No changes from either side at the break.18:03 , Giuseppe Muro
With Germany and France to play next, Portugal really need to win this evening. There’s no doubt that Hungary have been inspired by the crowd and by the noise in the stadium, but can they keep this up?17:59 , Giuseppe Muro
17:58 , Giuseppe Muro
Ronaldo missing an absolute sitter. Proof there’s a human being in there somewhere.— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) June 15, 2021
Former Portugal striker Nuno Gomes is on commentary duty for Uefa: “Portugal have come very close to scoring on two occasions, through Diogo Jota and Cristiano. It's been total domination by Portugal in Budapest.”17:54 , Giuseppe Muro
It has to be seen to be believed. So here’s that miss from Ronaldo..
A true in head in hands moment 🙈@Cristiano has scored 104 goals for #POR - but he somehow diverted this delicious Bruno Fernandes cross over the bar 😲#ITVFootball | #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/NtrJ1blVLz— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 15, 2021
Half time | Hungary 0-0 Portugal17:47 , Giuseppe Muro
Hungary survive until half-time. Portugal have dominated the first half but they have been unable to first a breakthrough. Ronaldo still can’t believe he missed that chance at the end of the half. A frustrating first 45 minutes for the holders.
Huge chance for Ronaldo!17:45 , Giuseppe Muro
43 mins: Oh, how has he missed that? That was a sitter.
A cross into the box from Fernades reaches Ronaldo six yards out in the middle of the goal with only Gulacsi to beat. Someone he shanks his effort over the bar. He can’t believe he’s missed that. That’s a huge let-off for Hungary.17:41 , Giuseppe Muro
40 mins: A big save from Gulacsi! Jota does well to turn and swivel inside the area but his left-foot shot goes straight at Gulacsi and the Hungary goalkeeper saves with his legs. Good play from Semedo down the right there to set up Jota.17:38 , Giuseppe Muro
38 mins: Almost 40 minutes on the clock and we have our first yellow card of the evening. It goes to Manchester City defender Dias for a robust challenge. It looked like he got a touch on the ball. His foot was a bit high but that looked a bit harsh.17:37 , Giuseppe Muro
37 mins: A good cross into the area and Szalai flicks a header goalwards but it is straight at Patricio. A comfortable save for the Wolves goalkeeper17:36 , Giuseppe Muro
36 mins: Having soaked up all the Portugal pressure, Szalai wins a free kick after a mazy run in the Portugal half. A good crossing opportunity for the hosts.17:34 , Giuseppe Muro
34 mins: Ouch! Jota has just booted the ball straight into the face of Lovrencsics from point-blank range. That looked like it hurt but the Hungary man is ok. Portugal back in possession…17:33 , Giuseppe Muro
It has been a frustrating 33 minutes for Portugal and this man…© Provided by Evening Standard (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) 17:31 , Giuseppe Muro
31 mins: The question for Hungary is whether they can do more when they do have the ball. So far, Patricio has been a spectator in the Portugal goal17:31 , Giuseppe Muro
A sight to beyond© Provided by Evening Standard (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) 17:29 , Giuseppe Muro
29 mins: It is persistent pressure from Portugal. Apart from that early shot from Jota though, Gulacsi has not been tested. Ronaldo has been busy without having any efforts on goal.17:28 , Giuseppe Muro
26 mins: Portugal want a penalty as Silva goes down in the box but the referee waves play on. Good decision. Orban got a touch on the ball and the was a well-timed tackle. Portugal continue to probe though. How much longer can Hungary hold out?17:25 , Giuseppe Muro
Still goalless but it has been a full-blooded affair so far in Budapest© Provided by Evening Standard (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) 17:24 , Giuseppe Muro
22 mins: Portugal are having a sustained spell of pressure now. A corner into the box is headed away but Hungary are struggling to get out and pose any sort of threat down the other end. Until Fernandes gives away a foul to give Hungary some brief respite.17:22 , Giuseppe Muro
Former Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera is part of the Hungary coaching team. A bit of a Premier League cult hero!17:21 , Giuseppe Muro
20 mins: A big chance for Ronaldo! Pepe plays a ball over the top and Ronaldo volleys goal wards and forces a save from Gulacsi. But the flag is up so it wouldn’t have counted anyway.17:20 , Giuseppe Muro
17 mins: The game has settled into a pattern now of Portugal dominating possession and trying to make something happen in the final third, and Hungary defending. Much like Spain versus Sweden yesterday.17:16 , Giuseppe Muro
Portugal have been on top so far.
Only two of the last six holders have won their opening game at the Euros, Spain in 2016 and France in 2004.
But Portugal have had a lot more of the ball so far and have just enjoyed a long spell of possession as they try to pull Hungary out of shape.17:12 , Giuseppe Muro
9 mins: Lovrencsics tackles Ronaldo down by the corner flag and there’s a huge roar from the 61,000 fans inside the stadium. Another wry smile from Ronaldo, who will be intent on silencing the crowd this evening.17:12 , Giuseppe Muro
9 mins: Lovrencsics tackles Ronaldo down by the corner flag and there’s a huge roar from the 61,000 fans inside the stadium. Another wry smile from Ronaldo, who will be intent on silencing the crowd this evening.17:09 , Giuseppe Muro
7 mins: This has been a cracking start to the game. There have been some full-blooded challenges from both sides already and there’s no doubt that the players feeding off the energy from the crowd.17:07 , Giuseppe Muro
The noise inside the Puskas Arena is deafening when the home fans whistle. It’s all pretty surreal after the last 16 months we’ve had.17:06 , Giuseppe Muro
5 mins: The first chance falls to Portugal. Jota stings the palms of Gulacsi with a strong left-foot shot from the edge of the area. Ronaldo is furious with his team-mate. He was in acres of space to his left if the Liverpool man had got his head up.17:03 , Giuseppe Muro
2mins: An early touch for Ronaldo, who wins a throw in with a cheeky back heel attempt on the touchline. There’s a wry smile on his face as the crowd whistle. You sense the Portugal legend will enjoy playing in front of a full crowd again
Kick off17:00 , Giuseppe Muro
We’re underway in Budapest!16:58 , Giuseppe Muro
Tthe two teams are out for the national anthems. What a sight it is to see a stadium full again!© Provided by Evening Standard (UEFA via Getty Images) 16:52 , Giuseppe Muro
These two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Euro 2016. If this evening’s game is anything like that then we are in for a real treat..16:50 , Giuseppe Muro
Can Hungary hold the reigning champions?
Hungary midfielder Adam Nagy has been speaking before the game: “Starting off our Euro campaign with a good match would be really important, not only for us players, but also for the entire country and for everyone who enjoys football.
“Something that's just as important is to put on a great performance for our fans”.16:47 , Giuseppe Muro
Kick off is now under 15 minutes away…16:44 , Giuseppe Muro
This man has scored 43 goals in his last 42 international matches for Portugal© Provided by Evening Standard (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) 16:36 , Giuseppe Muro
Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the most recognisable people in the world but that didn't stop him being pulled aside by someone checking his Uefa accreditation on his way into the ground.
16:28 , Giuseppe Muro
"Excuse me, mate - are you allowed to be here?” 👀June 15, 2021
This atmosphere is building inside the stadium now with just over half hour until kick-off. This should be a cracker..© Provided by Evening Standard (Getty Images) 16:22 , Giuseppe Muro
Cristiano Ronaldo will more records today. He will become the first player to play at five European Championships, while also..
16:15 , Giuseppe Muro
39 - Today is Cristiano Ronaldo's 39th appearance at a major tournament (European Championships & World Cup) for Portugal, an all-time record for a European player, overtaking Bastian Schweinsteiger's 38 appearances for Germany. Longevity. pic.twitter.com/MknlZrasBo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2021
Hungary are without their star player Dominik Szoboszlai, who has been ruled out of the tournament through injury.
They will rely on their front two of Adam Szalai and Roland Sallai to provide their attacking threat.
Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had a spell at Liverpool but never played a senior game for them, and was loaned out to Hereford, Tranmere and Hull.16:09 , Giuseppe Muro
Cristiano is in the building...© Provided by Evening Standard (UEFA via Getty Images) 16:06 , Giuseppe Muro
There has been plenty of talk in the build-up to the tournament about whether Cristiano Ronaldo is past his best.
The 36-year-old has not had his best season with Juventus but you can never write him off.
Ronaldo needs just one goal to become the all-time leading goalscoring in European Championship history, and you would not bet against him scoring that goal today.
16:03 , Giuseppe Muro
⚽️ Most EURO goals ⚽️
9: Michel Platini 🇫🇷
9: Cristiano Ronaldo 🇵🇹June 15, 2021
This is the first game in Group F, which has been labelled “the group of death”.
World champions France, European champions Portugal and the previous World Cup winners Germany are all together with Hungary.
This is only the second major tournament where the world champions and the European champions will have met in the group stage.
The only other time that has happened was at Euro 1992, when the Netherlands met Germany.15:59 , Giuseppe Muro
The Puskas Arena is starting to fill up. Just an hour until kick-off now..© Provided by Evening Standard (Getty Images) 15:56 , Giuseppe Muro
So Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal out as they begin the defence of their European Championship that they won five years ago.
There are seven Premier League players in the Portugal line-up.
Team news15:53 , Giuseppe Muro
Hungary: Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At Szalai; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Schafer, Fiola; Szalai, Sallai.
Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, Carvalho, Fernandes; Ronaldo, Jota, B Silva.15:49 , Giuseppe Muro
Here’s a sight we haven’t seen for a while as thousands of fans make their way into the stadium…© Provided by Evening Standard (AFP via Getty Images) 15:46 , Giuseppe Muro
The Puskas Arena in Budapest is set to be packed to the rafters this evening, as the stadium is the only venue that will be at full capacity for the tournament.
So how have Hungarian authorities managed to have a crowd of 61,000 in the midst of a global pandemic when the rest of the world is hosting events at a reduced capacity?
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban sees the Euros as a tool to project his country’s image across Europe, and the Hungarian Football Federation put it down to the success of the country’s vaccine rollout.
Ronaldo quizzed over transfer links15:03 , George Flood
Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably faced questions over his club future at yesterday’s pre-match press conference.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is entering the final 12 months of his lucrative contract at Juventus and has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and even a potential return to Manchester United.
But Ronaldo is unfazed by the speculation as he prepares to spearhead Portugal’s bid for a second successive European title.
“I’ve been playing at the highest level for many years so this doesn’t faze me at all. If I were 18 or 19 maybe I’d have some sleepless nights but I’m 36 years old and whatever comes next will be for the best, whether that’s staying at Juve or getting a transfer,” he said.
“The crucial thing now is the Euros. It’s my fifth Euros but for me it’s like my first so I want to start on the right foot - we want to play a good match and have only good thoughts in our first match to our last.”
Jota: Portugal won’t be weighed down by expectation14:48 , George Flood
There is no shortage of pressure on Portugal this summer.
Not only are they the defending European champions, but they approach this tournament with a far better squad than the one that triumphed at Euro 2016.
However, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota insists they will not be hampered by the weight of expectation.
“It’s not an extra weight, it’s a huge pride for what happened in 2016 — it made us all proud,” he said.
“The opponents look at us differently and they want to defeat us. Hungary will have even more motivation to play at home, with a packed stadium, which we are not used to in the last year. We know the difficulties that entails and it is very important to start with a victory.”
Predicted lineups14:36 , George Flood
Here’s how Standard Sport sees the two teams shaping up in Budapest this evening...
Hungary predicted XI: Gulácsi; Fiola, Orbán, Attila Szalai; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Ádám Nagy, Schäfer, Holender; Roland Sallai, Ádám Szalai
Portugal predicted XI
: Rui Patrício; Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, William, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Diogo Jota
Portugal team news14:31 , George Flood
Portugal were dealt a blow earlier this week after Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo was ruled out of the Euros after testing positive for Covid-19.
He was replaced in Fernando Santos’ tournament squad by Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo says the Portuguese squad are not worried about potentially seeing further players contract the virus.
"I don't think it's a key factor. It's a shame Joao tested positive but everyone in our team is at peace, we don't talk about Covid-19 because we're all tired of this," he said on Monday.
“We know how to live with it and deal with it, it’s a sad situation but we’re all focused. For many players this is their first Euros and nothing will shake us.
“We respect all the rules but we’re just focused on playing, we’re not thinking about anything else at all.”
Standard Sport prediction14:27 , George Flood
Hungary 1-2 Portugal
Hungary will be up against it versus a talented Portuguese squad, but have home advantage in Budapest.
Still, you’d expect the likes of Ronaldo, Jota or Fernandes to come good for three points.
How to watch Hungary vs Portugal14:26 , George Flood
TV channel: Today’s match will be televised on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the action unfold live online via the ITV Hub.
Date, kick-off time and venue14:26 , George Flood
Hungary v Portugal is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off today - Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
The match will be held at the Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary.
Welcome to Hungary vs Portugal live coverage14:18 , George Flood
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage at Euro 2020!
It’s time for the defending champions to enter the fray as Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal - five years after their memorable triumph in France - battle Hungary in the Group F (aka Group of Death) opener in Budapest.
Stay tuned for all the latest team news, build-up and live updates!
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