Hungary 3 v 3 Portugal – Euro 2016 Group F

HUN 3:3 POR – Wow, what a game! Thoroughly enjoyable and highly entertaining football at Parc Olympique Lyonnais as Group F came to a frantic conclusion. Both teams possessed exciting attacking forward players and threw caution to the wind as they each looked to win the group in style. Early pressure from Hungary saw a corner cleared to Gera Zoltán, who expertly took the ball on the half-volley to fire past Rui Patricio to give his side the lead. Step up Cristiano Ronaldo, who was always going to be Portugal’s hope to do anything in this tournament. He set up ex-Manchester United forward Nani to equalise just before half time. The game became a spectacle in a mad 15 minutes at the start of the 2nd half in which both teams just forgot to defend. Bursaspor‘s enigmatic midfielder Balázs Dzsudzsák twice gave the Magyars the lead through deflected strikes, only to see the A Selecção das Quinas go straight up the other end and level through the unstoppable Ronaldo on both occasions. Hungary were much the better side when on the ball – Ákos Elek and Ádám Pintér ably deputising for Nagy and Kleinheisler who were rested. They win the group deservedly and will be a force to go deep into the knockout stages. The Magical Magyars have been a delightful surprise. Portugal are so one-dimensional it is ridiculous, so reliant on their superstar and horrendously shaky at the back. I can see Croatia dismantling them quite comfortably. A remarkable, riveting game. Seeing Ronaldo throw the dummy time and time again always adds to the amusement.

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