Ronaldo makes history in Portugal win

Ronaldo makes history in Portugal win
Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Michel Platini as the European Championship’s all-time top scorer. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in men’s European Championship history as his country beat Hungary in front of more than 60,000 fans in Budapest.

He converted an 87th-minute penalty for his 10th goal in the competition, overtaking France’s Michel Platini on nine goals.

Ronaldo’s 11th goal in the tournament came only a few minutes later when he took the ball around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for Portugal’s third.

Hungary had hoped for an unlikely draw against the defending champions until they conceded three goals late on.

The deadlock was broken in the 84th minute when Portugal’s Raphael Guerreiro’s shot with the outside of the foot took a massive deflection off defender Willi Orban to break Hungary’s brave resistance.

In the other Group F game on Tuesday, World Cup holders France beat former champions Germany 1-0.

The result looked comprehensive, but Portugal had to work hard to defeat Hungary in front of the biggest attendance of the tournament so far.

The 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena is the only venue at Euro 2020 that will have full crowds and the fans helped create a fantastic, much-missed passionate atmosphere.

But the Hungarian supporters were nearly silenced in the fourth minute of the game when Liverpool forward Diogo Jota had a chance, but saw his shot pushed away by Gulacsi when a pass to a wide-open Ronaldo may have been the better option.

Portugal, whose starting 11 included six Premier League players, created the best chances in the first half of the match but Jota was again denied, with Ronaldo glancing a header wide and firing over when he should have hit the target.

Hungary stay in Budapest and play France on Saturday, before Portugal face Germany in Munich.

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