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Hungary vs Portugal: UEFA EURO 2020 match background, facts and stats

Hungary kick off their second successive EURO campaign against a Portugal team they also faced in the group stage of UEFA EURO 2016.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Hungary at EURO 2016
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Hungary at EURO 2016 AFP via Getty Images

Hungary kick off their second successive EURO campaign against a Portugal team they also faced in the group stage of UEFA EURO 2016.

• The Hungarians have never beaten Portugal, although they led their Group F match in Lyon three times back in June 2016 before eventually settling for a draw – a result that meant they finished above the eventual champions at the top of the section.

Previous meetings

• Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 previous matches against Hungary (W9 D4), scoring 30 goals and conceding only ten.

• Portugal beat Hungary home and away in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. André Silva opened the scoring in Lisbon on 25 March 2017 before Cristiano Ronaldo's double secured a 3-0 win; Silva got the only goal in Budapest on 3 September the same year.

• The teams had shared a 3-3 draw at UEFA EURO 2016, Ronaldo also scoring twice in Lyon; Nani struck Portugal's other goal with Balázs Dzsudzsák getting two goals for Hungary after Zoltán Gera's opener.

EURO 2016 highlights: Hungary 3-3 Portugal

• That is the only one of the last seven matches between the countries Portugal have failed to win.

• This is the sides' fourth UEFA European Championship contest; Portugal won 3-1 in Budapest and 3-0 in Lisbon in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000, Rui Costa scoring in both games.

• Portugal were 3-1 winners against Hungary in Manchester in the group stage of the 1966 World Cup.

• The Portuguese have been victorious in all three of their games against Hungary in Budapest, winning 1-0 in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup – with a Pepe goal – in addition to their successes in 1998 and 2017. This is the teams' first match at the Puskás Aréna.

Meet the teams: Hungary

EURO facts: Hungary

• This is Hungary's second consecutive EURO finals. Their 2016 appearance was their first since 1972 and their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup. Only four countries competed at the first two EURO final rounds the Magyars reached – in 1964 and 1972.

• In 2016 a team coached by Bernd Storck finished first in Group F on five points, level with Iceland but above them on head-to-head record, and two points ahead of eventual champions Portugal with eliminated Austria on one point. Hungary opened with a 2-0 win against Austria in Bordeaux, Ádám Szalai opening the scoring, before draws against Iceland (1-1) and Portugal.

• Belgium proved too strong in the round of 16, however, running out 4-0 winners in Toulouse – although three of those goals came in the final 12 minutes.

• Hungary have won two of their eight games at EURO final tournaments (D2 L4).

Every goal on Hungary's road to EURO 2020

• Hungary were fourth in their UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying group, picking up 12 points from their eight games to finish behind Croatia, Wales and Slovakia – who are all also in the final tournament.

• Marco Rossi's side qualified for the EURO play-offs having finished second in their group in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League, picking up ten points to end two behind Finland and one ahead of Greece.

• The Hungarians then won 3-1 in Bulgaria in their play-off semi-final but looked to be heading out as they trailed to Iceland in their final in Budapest, only for late goals from Loïc Négo (88) and Dominik Szoboszlai (90+2) to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory and a place in the final tournament.

• Hungary are unbeaten in their last nine competitive matches (W6 D3), since a 3-2 loss at home to Russia in the UEFA Nations League on 6 September 2020.

• Hungary got to the final of the 1938 and 1954 World Cups, losing to Italy (in France) and West Germany (in Switzerland) respectively.

• Hungary's first match at the Puskás Aréna was a 2-1 friendly defeat by Uruguay on 15 November 2019. They lost the next game too, that 3-2 defeat against Russia in the UEFA Nations League on 6 September 2020, but were victorious at the third attempt, with that 2-1 play-off win against Iceland. Their record at the ground is W2 D2 L2.

• Hungary's overall record in Budapest is W229 D89 L83.

Meet the teams: Portugal

EURO facts: Portugal

• Portugal claimed their first major silverware at UEFA EURO 2016, defeating hosts France 1-0 in Saint-Denis thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.

• Fernando Santos's side had finished third in Group F behind Hungary and Iceland having drawn all three games, before beating Croatia 1-0 after extra time in the round of 16 and Poland 5-3 on penalties after their quarter-final had finished 1-1.

• A 2-0 semi-final win against Wales was Portugal's only victory inside 90 minutes at UEFA EURO 2016; it is the only one of their last eight EURO finals matches that was not all square after 90 minutes.

• Santos went on to guide Portugal to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, the hosts beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals before a 1-0 final defeat of the Netherlands.

• Portugal were Group B runners-up in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, finishing three points behind Ukraine and three ahead of Serbia. Portugal drew their first two games, both at home, against Ukraine (0-0) and Serbia (1-1), but won five of the next six (L1).

Every goal on Portugal's road to EURO 2020

• The 2-1 reverse in Ukraine on 14 October 2019 is Portugal's only defeat in 22 EURO matches (W15 D6).

• Ronaldo scored 11 qualifying goals, one behind top scorer Harry Kane of England.

• Ronaldo has made the most appearances in EURO final tournaments (21). The competition's top scorer overall on 40 goals, he is the joint top marksman in final tournaments with Michel Platini on nine goals.

• Portugal are competing at their seventh consecutive EURO and their eighth in total.

• Portugal have won all three of their previous matches in Budapest, those three victories against Hungary. While this is their first game at the Puskás Aréna, they won both matches at the Népstadion, which was demolished in 2016 to make way for the new stadium that opened three years later.

Links and trivia

• Ádám Szalai was a Real Madrid Castilla player between 2007 and 2010, when Pepe and, from 2009, Ronaldo were in the senior side.

• Bruno Fernandes scored in Portugal's 2-0 win against Hungary in 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 9 October 2015.

• André Silva hit four goals as Portugal beat finals hosts Hungary 6-1 in the 2014 Under-19 UEFA European Championship group stage.

• Ronaldo scored past Dénes Dibusz in Juventus's 2-1 home win against Ferencváros in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 24 November 2020. Gergő Lovrencsics, Dávid Sigér and substitute Endre Botka also played for the visitors.

• Fernandes also scored past Péter Gulácsi in Manchester United's 5-0 home win against RB Leipzig in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Danilo also scored past Gulácsi, in Porto's 3-1 win at home to Leipzig in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• A João Félix goal was not enough to prevent Atlético de Madrid lost 2-1 to Gulácsi's Leipzig in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• Nemanja Nikolić scored past Rui Patrício as Videoton beat Sporting CP 3-0 in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Latest news

Highlights: Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland


• Hungary's EURO play-off match-winner Dominik Szoboszlai was ruled out of the final tournament with a groin injury that has sidelined him since he joined Leipzig from Salzburg at the turn of the year.

• Hungary stretched their unbeaten run to 11 matches by beating Cyprus 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland in their two pre-UEFA EURO 2020 friendlies, both played at the Ferenc Szusza Stadion in Budapest.

• András Schäfer's first international goal settled the contest against Cyprus, a game in which János Hahn and Bendegúz Bolla both made their Hungary debuts. Those two players were again involved against Ireland, when another player, Szabolcs Schön, earned his first cap and recalled goalkeeper Ádám Bogdán came off the bench to make his first international appearance for over five years.

• Hahn was the top scorer in the 2020/21 Hungarian top flight, with 22 goals for Paks, the two players just behind him – Fehérvár's Nemanja Nikolić (15) and Honvéd's Dániel Gazdag (13) – having also both made the UEFA EURO 2020 squad along with five members of the title-winning Ferencváros side – Dénes Dibusz, Gergő Lovrencsics, Dávid Sigér, Endre Botka and Bogdán.

• Ádám Lang was also a league champion in 2020/21, winning the Cypriot league with Omonoia, for whom he also started all six group games in the UEFA Europa League.

• Captain Ádám Szalai is the only player in Marco Rossi's squad who has scored at a major tournament. He found the net against Austria at UEFA EURO 2016 and is one of nine Hungarian survivors from that event along with Lang, Lovrencsics, Nikolić, Attila Fiola, László Kleinheisler, Ádám Nagy and unused goalkeepers Dibusz and Péter Gulácsi.

• Skipper Szalai is also the only player in the Hungary squad with more than 50 caps and ten international goals to his name, boasting respective tallies of 70 and 23.

Highlights: Portugal 4-0 Israel


• Portugal have lost just one of their last 15 internationals, winning ten, the latest a 4-0 success against Israel in Lisbon on 9 June in which Bruno Fernandes scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo once. This followed a goalless stalemate against Spain in Madrid five days earlier.

• Pedro Gonçalves, the 23-goal breakout star of Sporting CP's 2020/21 Portuguese Liga triumph, made his international debut against Spain, goalkeeper Rui Silva following suit with a 90-minute outing in the win against Israel.

• Ronaldo's goal against Israel was his 104th for Portugal on his 175th appearance. All but 19 of those goals have come in competitive internationals, including 40 in the UEFA European Championship, nine of those at the finals, where he has appeared in 21 matches across four previous tournaments – more than any other player.

• One more goal at UEFA EURO 2020 will take Ronaldo above Michel Platini as the EURO final tournament's outright record scorer. The only other players in this Portugal squad to have found the net at previous EUROs are Pepe (two goals) and Renato Sanches (one).

• Portugal possess the three UEFA EURO 2020 participants with most EURO final tournament appearances, Pepe and João Moutinho each following Ronaldo on the list with 15. Rui Patricio is also in double figures with 12.

• Ronaldo, now 36, was Serie A's top scorer in 2020/21 with 29 goals for Juventus, with whom he also won the Coppa Italia. His fellow Portugal forward André Silva also had a prolific season, scoring 28 goals in the German Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt.

• Two members of Portugal's UEFA EURO 2020 squad – Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva – won the English Premier League in 2020/21, while LOSC Lille duo José Fonte and Sanches became champions of France and João Félix won the Spanish Liga with Atlético de Madrid. Joining Ronaldo as domestic cup winners were Borussia Dortmund's Raphaël Guerreiro and Paris Saint-Germain's Danilo.

• Of the six-home based players in the squad, three are from Portuguese champions Sporting, with João Palhinha and 18-year-old Nuno Mendes joining Gonçalves for their first taste of international tournament football.

• Eleven members of Portugal's triumphant UEFA EURO 2016 squad have returned, along with coach Fernando Santos, to defend the trophy this year – Ronaldo, Rui Patrício, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Danilo, Moutinho, Rafa Silva, Sanches, William Carvalho and Anthony Lopes.

• All 16 of the players who took the field for Portugal's victory on home soil at the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals have been called up for UEFA EURO 2020, including Gonçalo Guedes, who scored the winner in the final against the Netherlands.

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