UEFA Euro 2016
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France
Portugal progressed into the last-16 after coming from behind three times to draw 3-3 against Hungary at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon as the Seleção finished third in Group F to set up a mouth-watering last-16 clash with Croatia.
A first-half Zoltán Gera strike had put Hungary ahead but Nani levelled the scores three minutes before the break before a second-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Balázs Dzsudzsák’s two fortuitous second-half goals to level the scores, after the Hungarian’s two deflected efforts put Hungary ahead.
Portugal started well and dominated the possession as expected and went close in the tenth minute. After an initial João Moutinho corner was cleared, Eliseu found Nani with a cross, who had a free header but he headed over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.
Nine minutes later, Hungary took the lead against the run of play when a Hungarian corner was half-cleared by Nani to Gera who controlled the ball before arrowing the ball into the bottom-corner past Rui Patrício.
Hungary went close to doubling their lead four minutes later when Ákos Elek was found in space but he fired his effort straight at Patrício, who did well to palm the ball away.
Five minutes later, Portugal went close to finding an equaliser when a Ronaldo freekick was palmed away by Gábor Király.
In the 39th minute, Portugal though they were level when they had the ball in the back of the net after Pepe found João Mário who fired home, however the former was caught offside.
Three minutes later, they did draw level. Ronaldo found Nani who drilled home to beat Király at his near-post.
Immediately after the break, Hungary took the lead. A Dzsudzsák freekick deflected off André Gomes and wrong-footed Patrício to put Hungary ahead.
A minute later, Hungary went close to getting a quick-fire second when Pepe lost possession before Gergő Lovrencsics received the ball to fire into the side-netting.
A minute later, Portugal were level. Mário found Ronaldo with a fine cross and the Real Madrid forward flicked the ball home with a sublime back-heel. The goal meant Ronaldo became the first player to score in four separate European Championships.
Portugal were only level for five minutes however, as Dzsudzsák put the Hungarians ahead again. After Dzsudzsák’s freekick hit the wall, the Hungarian cut inside to fire an effort that deflected home off Nani past Patrício.
Eight minutes later, Portugal were level again. A Portuguese corner was played short to substitute Ricardo Quaresma who found Ronaldo with a fine cross and the Portugal skipper headed home past Király. The goal meant that Ronaldo scored his eighth goal in tournament history and is now one goal behind Michel Platini, who has the record on nine.
A minute later, Hungary very nearly took the lead again. Lovrencsics sent in a teasing delivery into the path of Elek who did well to get ahead of his man before hitting the woodwork with a strike that had Patrício well-beaten.
Portugal were going for the win and went close in the 75th minute when a Vierinha cross deflected into the path of Ronaldo who fired the ball into the ground and over on the volley. Soon after they went close again when Quaresma nutmegged his man before firing an effort just wide of the far-post.
That was the last real chance of the match as both sides settled for a draw.
The result meant that Hungary top the group on five points whilst Iceland finish in second behind them on goal difference, they also have five points after they beat Austria and progress into the last-16. Portugal finish in third and also progress into the last-16 as a result of being one of the four best third-placed teams, but Austria finish in fourth and bow out on one point. The result also means that Portugal will play Croatia whilst Hungary will play the second-placed team in Group B.