Hungary v Portugal
Hungary take on group F favourites Portugal at the Stade de Lyon in the sides’ final group match. The nations have met five times competitively before, with Portugal winning all five.
Hungary head into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland that leaves them top of group F. The result means that they are assured of a top three finish and, given their tally of 4 points, almost certainly a place in the Round of 16.
An error from 40-year-old Gabor Kiraly handed Iceland a penalty just before half-time, and Gylfi Sigurdsson confidently slotted it. Hungary looked to be heading for defeat, but their incessant pressure was rewarded late on when Birkir Saevarsson bundled the ball into his own net in the 88th minute.
Hungary head coach Bernd Storck was full of praise for his side: “We never gave up and always believed in ourselves. I’m proud of my side, that we had so much possession and played football, always trying to stretch the game. We’ve developed a lot in recent weeks and deserve these performances.”
Portugal were left frustrated following their goalless draw with Austria. Cristiano Ronaldo’s post-match comments on Iceland after the first match came back to haunt him as his woeful tournament continued with a penalty miss late on. Ronaldo has now attempted more shots (20) than any other player at the tournament.
Aside from the penalty miss, Nani and Ronaldo were both denied goals by the woodwork and the linesman’s offside flag respectively. Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer also pulled off a number of important stops that kept his side in the game.
Portugal coach Fernando Santo has his sights firmly set on Hungary.
Speaking after the match he said: “I think we’re having a tough time but we can’t wallow in misery. There is a ‘final’ to play on 22 June. We’re going to focus on that and accentuate the positives. We can’t think about the missed chances, fair or unfair, this is football. The next match is a final for us.”
Portugal go into the game in third place on 2 points. Depending on the result between Austria and Iceland, which kicks off at the same time, a draw for Portugal could be enough for them to finish 2nd.
Hungary predicted line-up
Portugal predicted line-up
101 Great Goals prediction: Hungary 0 – Portugal 3
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