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Portugal fans celebrate EURO win and Ronaldo's record extension in Budapest

16, Jun 2021

Portugal fans celebrated and chanted as they left the Puskas stadium in Budapest on Tuesday (June 15) after Cristiano Ronaldo helped his team get off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in front of a 67,000 crowd. Hungary rode a wave of early pressure from Portugal in the Group F clash and had a goal ruled out for offside shortly before Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro broke the deadlock at the other end with a deflected effort in the 84th minute. Captain Ronaldo sealed the win by lashing home from the penalty spot in the 87th to move ahead of Michel Platini as the all-time top scorer at the finals on 10 goals, which he quickly turned into 11 by dribbling the ball into the net in added time. "He did not play that well but he scored," said one Portugal fan while smiling. "He s a guy who does a lot for the world, for soccer, a guy how will be written about in all the books of soccer," another Portugal fan said as he left the stadium. The two sides had drawn 3-3 in one of the best games of Euro 2016 and although there were fewer goals this time around the match was no less compelling as the vociferous locals filled the Puskas Arena to capacity in only their second European Championship appearance in 49 years. A sizeable travelling Portugal support added to a raucous atmosphere barely seen since the novel coronavirus pandemic struck in March 2020 and forced matches behind closed doors.

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