Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been having a wretched time of it at this summer’s European Championships.
Despite being tipped by many to take the tournament by storm, it just has not happened for the Real Madrid talisman – and a missed penalty and disallowed goal in last week’s 0-0 draw against Austria were indicative of this.
However, that has all changed in today’s final Group E game against Hungary.
Having gone 1-0 down to an eralier Zoltán Gera strike, Ronaldo played a defence-splitting pass to former Manchester United teammate Nani to equalise just before half time.
Hungary re-took the lead just two minutes into the second half courtesy of a Balázs Dzsudzsák free kick, before Ronaldo finally woke up and announced his arrival at the tournament three minutes later…
A fine move from Portugal was finished off in fantastic backheeled fashion by Ronaldo after a cross from substitute João Mário, making the score 2-2 on the night and sending both teams to the next round as it stood.
In a frankly manic game of football, two more goals have been scored since then. Dzsudzsák scored his second after 55 minutes, before Ronaldo got his second and Portugal’s third on the hour mark…
Ronaldo has now scored eight goals in European Championship final tournaments, one behind French legend Michel Platini.
With twenty minutes to go, expect more goals and plenty more drama with the game finely poised at 3-3.