Hungary 0-3 Portugal summary: score, scoring goals, Euro 2020
Hungary vs Portugal: preamble to Euro 2020
Hello! Portugal start their European title defense in an hour (12 p.m. EDT) against Hungary, in a Group F clash in Budapest which is a repeat of the two teams meeting at this stage of the tournament five years ago.
This game in Lyon was a 3-3 barnstormer, and in general these two teams provided goals when they met in a major final.. A 3-1 win for Portugal in their other tournament encounter, in the 1966 World Cup first round, means they have so far averaged five per game.
It’s also worth remembering that the teams’ standoff in France was one of three draws for Portugal in the 2016 group stage – so despite the competition winning in the meantime, the Seleção are two days away from the eighth anniversary of their last group stage victory at the Euro.
With Germany and France next in this year’s death row, Fernando Santos’ men could really end that wait today, and is expected to do so against a team considered by bookmakers to be the 23rd most likely winner of Euro 2020. Portugal lost João Cancelo, who was ruled out from covid-19, but on paper, we have a more talented team than five years ago – after all, 2016 survivors such as Cristiano Ronaldo, William Carvalho, Pepe and Raphaël Guerreiro are now joined by Rúben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Bruno Fernandes.
Hungary, who qualified for their second consecutive Euro with a spectacular playoff victory over Iceland, will be without Dominik Szoboszlai, their most gifted player and their hero in that 2-1 victory in November. He was ruled out after failing to fully recover from a groin injury.
Marco Rossi’s team will however be able to rely on the majority of the 60,000 spectators present in its national stadium, the Puskás Arena.. Some 17 months since the pitches were forced to close their doors to supporters when the pandemic struck, it will be an unknown experience to see and hear full stands at a football match.