FIFA World Cup 2018
Qualifying – Europe
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal
32′ André Silva
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FT: The result means that Portugal remain second in Group B on 12 points, trailing leaders Switzerland by three points, whilst Hungary remain third in seven points.
FT: The visitors were poor throughout the match given the quality of their opposition but they did create some good chances towards the latter moments of the half. First Dzsudzsák’s ambitious lob from-range produced a good save from Patrício before Bese and substitute Pintér fired just over the bar.
FT: The hosts already led at the break but they did well to put the game to bed in the second-half and could have scored more. First Ronaldo terrifically found the net with a freekick before substitute B. Silva headed just over the bar.
FT: So Portugal thrash Hungary to close the gap on leaders Switzerland.
90’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90′ There will be two additional minutes.
87′ Chance!! Szalai tees up Pintér, who fires an effort just over the bar.
86′ Close!! Bese surges forward before firing an effort just over the bar.
85′ Final Portugal change sees Pizzi replace Gomes.
85′ Final Hungary change sees Gera replaced by Ádám Pintér.
84′ Close!! Quaresma does very well to twist Bese inside-out before finding B. Silva with a cross, who heads the ball just over the bar.
82′ Second Portugal change sees João Moutinho replace Mário.
82′ Soares wins a freekick after a cynical foul on Kádár, who receives a yellow card.
78′ The delivery is cleared.
78′ Quaresma wins a corner.
78′ Ronaldo wins a freekick.
75′ Gera is booked for a poor challenge on Mário.
74′ B. Silva’s delivery is cleared.
73′ Korhut concedes a corner.
71′ Gomes fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
69′ Gyurcsó is penalised for a foul on Carvalho.
68′ Second Hungary change sees Zsolt Kalmár replace Gyurcsó.
67′ Close!! Dzsudzsák fires an audacious effort from-range that the retreating-Patrício does well to save.
66′ First Portugal change sees Silva replaced by Bernardo Silva.
65′ Goal!! Ronaldo fires the freekick past the wall and into the back of the net off the post.
63′ Quaresma wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Lovrencsics.
61′ Guerreiro is penalised for a foul on Lovrencsics.
59′ Dzsudzsák is booked for a late challenge on Fonte.
58′ Pepe wins a freekick after a foul from Dzsudzsák.
56′ Guerreiro’s delivery is dangerous towards Pepe, but Hungary deal with the threat.
55′ Ronaldo cuts-inside to fire an effort that deflects off-target.
53′ Soares is penalised for a foul.
52′ Mário fires an effort off-target from-range.
50′ Gulácsi does well to gather a teasing Quaresma cross.
46′ Mário wins a freekick after a foul from Bese.
45′ Hungary get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Hungary make their first change with Lang replaced by Gergő Lovrencsics.
HT: So will Portugal add to their tally or will Hungary produce a shock comeback? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Portugal will need to make sure they do not concede to let Hungary back into the match given their opponent’s quality, which was demonstrated in the European Championships. They will need to add further goals to seal the victory and get all three points.
HT: The two sides met in the European Championships in the summer but Hungary have been below that standard and have failed to create many chances. Their best chance fell to Szalai on the volley but he fired harmlessly wide from a tight-angle. The visitors haven’t managed to get the ball much to the credit of their opposition. They will need to provide better service to their front-man if they are to come back in this match.
HT: The hosts started slowly but grew int the game and dominated possession, creating some good chances in the process. First Ronaldo headed an effort just wide of the far-post before Silva tapped home after a fine low cross by Guerreiro. Ronaldo then drilled home from-range after a fine flicked-pass from Silva before an acrobatic effort from Ronaldo was saved well by Gulácsi.
HT: So Portugal lead comfortably at the break.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
42′ Silva fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
39′ Close!! Mário’s lofted-pass is met by Ronaldo with an acrobatic effort but his effort produces a comfortable save from Gulácsi.
36′ Goal!! Silva cleverly back-heels a cross-field pass into the path of Ronaldo, who drills home powerfully from-range with his weaker foot to beat Gulácsi at his near-post.
32′ Goal!! Ronaldo does well to find Guerreiro, whose first-time low delivery across the face of goal is tapped-home by A. Silva.
30′ Szalai is caught offside.
28′ Szalai meets a cross from the left on the volley but he fires the ball harmlessly off-target from a tight-angle.
24′ Gomes is penalised for a foul.
23′ A. Silva is penalised for a foul.
19′ Close!! A fine cross from Quaresma is met by Ronaldo, who heads an effort just wide of the far-post.
19′ Play resumes.
18′ Slight delay in the match as Soares is down.
18′ Quaresma’s corner is taken short to Guerreiro, whose delivery is claimed by Gulácsi.
17′ Quaresma wins a corner.
15′ Quaresma is adjudged to have fouled Dzsudzsák.
12′ Quaresma’s delivery is claimed by Gulácsi.
12′ Ronaldo fires the freekick just wide of the target via a deflection.
11′ A. Silva wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Vinícius.
9′ After a Mário cross is cleared by Kádár, Soares meets the loose ball with a header from-range but Gulácsi makes a comfortable save.
6′ Ronaldo fires an ambitious effort wide from-range.
2′ Soares is penalised for a foul.
1′ Fonte is penalised for a foul on Szalai.
0′ Portugal get the game underway.
Portugal: Rui Patricio (GK), Raphaël Guerreiro, José Fonte, Pepe, Cédric Soares, William Carvalho, André Gomes, João Mário, Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva, Ricardo Quaresma
Hungary: Péter Gulácsi (GK), Mihály Korhut, Tamás Kádár, Paulo Vinícius, Ádám Lang, Ádám Nagy, Zoltán Gera, Ádám Gyurcsó, Balázs Dzsudzsák, Barnabás Bese, Ádám Szalai