UEFA Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes top-scorer as Portugal rattles Hungary, France surpasses Germany
The 2020 UEFA Euro is done with Matchday 6, as the opening games of all the teams are now completed. On Tuesday, defending champion Portugal hammered Hungary while world champion France toiled through Germany. Here is the round-up of it.
The UEFA Euro 2020 is done with its opening games with Matchday 6 on Tuesday. A couple of games were played, with two champion teams in action.
In Group F action, which is also the group of death, defending champion Portugal was up against Hungary, while world champion France took on former world champion Germany. Let's look at how it all panned out in the Matchday 6 round-up from Tuesday.
Portugal hammers Hungary
In the opening game of the matchday, the defending champion took on a weak but unpredictable Hungary at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest. The opening half saw six attacks, including three saves from Hungary goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, as the deadlock remained in place at half-time.
Although it seemed that the match was headed for a draw following great defensive work from Hungary, Portugal had other plans in the second half. Raphaël Guerreiro opened the scoring proceedings in the 84th minutes, followed by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty three minutes later, while the latter's brace in the 92nd minute sealed the deal.
- Ronaldo has now become the first player to feature in five Euros, starting 2004.
- Ronaldo's 38th appearance across Euro/World Cup overtook the previous all-time record by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
- Ronaldo is now the highest goal-scorer of the tournament (10), overtaking Michel Platini.
- Portugal has become the first side to score three goals in the final ten minutes of a game in the competition.
- Ronaldo is also the oldest player (36 years) to score a couple or more goals in a Euro game, overtaking Andriy Shevchenko (35 years).
- Portugal levelled the record of the biggest win in the tournament's opening game, along with the Soviet Union, which beat Denmark 3-0 in 1964.
Germany suffers heartbreak from France
In the most foreseen game of the matchday, world champion France faced former world champion Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Despite having the home advantage, Germany couldn't get the job done. Furthermore, Mats Hummels' own goal in the 10th minute caused the Germans' heartbreak as it was enough to hand the French the opening win in what was indeed a highly competitive game.
- The tournament has already seen three owns goals this year, the joint-most in a single edition and the 2016 edition.
- It was Germany's maiden defeat in the opening game of the competition to date, while the only team to win the tournament after losing the opener was the Netherlands in 1988.
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