While the world was swooning over Lionel Messi‘s record breaking free-kick at the Copa America, pressure was mounting on his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo – who had to prove he could use his club-winning form to rescue Portugal from an embarrassing exit from the group stage of the Euros.
As expected of the quality of his talent, the Portuguese captain rose to the occasion to bring his team back into the game twice – and ultimately help his country earn a 3-3 draw against Hungary in their Group F match.
Portugal fell behind to Zoltan Gera‘s delightful first-half goal while Nani drew them level just before half-time with an intelligent near-post finish.
Balazs Dzsudzsak got Hungary again in the lead only for Ronaldo to score a brilliant flick beyond the goalie.
This flick wrote Ronaldo’s name into the record books of the tournament as he is now the first player to score in 4 consecutive editions of the Euros.
Meanwhile, Dzsudzsak scored Hungary’s 3rd goal of the night but it was Ronaldo again to the rescue as he equalised with a powerful header.
The draw sees Portugal qualify for the knockout round despite not finishing second in Group F.
Portugal finished as the second best third placed team which ensured the country a place in the next round.
Cristiano Ronaldo also reached another milestone against Hungary as he set a new record of 17 appearances in this competition.
He could yet break another record in the knockout phase if he can grab more goals to edge out Michel Platini as the highest goal scorer ever at the Euros.
Ronaldo is one goal behind the Frenchman’s 9.
Watch the goals and highlights from today’s game.