Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit at Euro 2016 by scoring two equalising goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Hungary in Lyon this evening.
The Real Madrid superstar scored a contender for goal of the tournament in the 50th minute, producing an exquisite flick to turn in Joao Mario’s cross, and then headed in a cross from Ricardo Quaresma after Hungary had taken the lead for the third time in the match seven minutes earlier.
Given the way Ronaldo reacted after Balázs Dzsudzsák scored his second goal of the match, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner deserves immense credit for managing to regain his focus.
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Ronaldo was filmed going absolutely crazy after Dzsudzsák had put Hungary 3-2 ahead, throwing his arms about and screaming in frustration towards the ground.
The 31-year-old probably feared at this point that Portugal were about to crash out of the tournament, but his fine header on the 62nd minute set up a mouth-watering last-16 clash against Croatia.
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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo throws a tantrum
Ronaldo sets record with brace
Croatia will be favourites to go through in that match, which takes place in Lens, but Portugal shouldn’t be underestimated now Ronaldo has rediscovered his goalscoring touch.
His brace means Ronaldo becomes the first player to score at four European Championships.
The former Manchester United star netted against the eventual champions Greece in Euro 2004; he then scored once at Euro 2008 and hit the back of the net on three occasions four years later at Euro 2012.
Ronaldo could win Euro 2016 top scorer award
Ronaldo finished as the joint top-scorer at the previous European Championships and he will be desperate to win the award outright this time around.
Alvaro Morata and Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale currently lead the Euro 2016 top scorer charts with three goals apiece.
Ronaldo now joins Dzsudzsák, Nani, Romelu Lukaku, Ivan Perisic, Bogdan Stancu and Dimitri Payet on two.
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