Record-man Ronaldo puts Portugal through



Cristiano Ronaldo scored two trademark splendid objectives Wednesday to go into European Championship history and salvage Portugal in a 3-3 draw that took them into the last 16.

The 31-year-old opened his record in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes, then a projectile header 12 minutes after the fact to twice balance at the Stade de Lyon.

The outcome left Hungary on top of Group F. Portugal pressed through as one of the best third-put finishers yet now confront an intense match against Croatia.

The Real Madrid expert turned into the primary player to score at four European title finals and his seventeenth match in an Euro competition was likewise a record.

It was his 128th appearance for Portugal, further broadening the record he set last Saturday, as he showed up at Euro finals.

Hungary skipper Balazs Dzsudzsak coordinated Ronaldo by mesh two second-half objectives as the Mighty Magyars took in front of the rest of the competition in Group F victors. With three draws, Portugal advance as third behind Iceland.

Hungary led the pack in sweltering conditions at the Stade de Lyon when veteran midfielder Zoltan Gera unleashed a thunderbolt giving Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio no way on 19 minutes.

Nani had the ball in the Hungary net five minutes from the break, however his exertion was led offside. The Fenerbahce forward was not to be denied and his fresh complete, after a stunning go in from Ronaldo, put Portugal level on 42 minutes.

The amusement burst into existence with four objectives in the opening 20 minutes of the second-half.

Hungary recaptured the lead only two minutes after the break when Dzsudzsak’s well-struck free-kick took a slight avoidance off the Portugal divider on 47 minutes.

The stage was set for Ronaldo.

The Real whiz ensured he would leave the Stade de Lyon with two records when he flicked his shot past Kiraly on 50 minutes to make it 2-2.

In any case, Portugal’s second equalizer just served to arouse Hungary’s intention.

Dzsudzsak penetrated a free-commence the divider, however jumped on the bounce back and his left-footed shot diverted off Nani, past Rui Patricio, into the far corner on 55 minutes for a 3-2 lead.

There was, be that as it may, no denying Ronaldo.

Only minutes in the wake of going ahead, Ricardo Queresma let go in a corner and Ronaldo drove his header past Kiraly on 62 minutes.

At this point it was end-to-end stuff as Hungary’s assaulting midfielder Akos Elek hit the woodwork on 64 minutes as it stayed 3-3 at the last shriek.

In the mean time, Iceland proceeded with their fable story by enduring to knockout stage after a stoppage-time champ gave them a merited 2-1 triumph against Austria in their last gathering match on Wednesday.

Substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason scored from short proximity profound into included time in the wake of gathering a however ball from Elmar Bjarnasson taking after a quick counter-assault.


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