The three points against Hungary, if they win, will be an important card in the hands of Portuguese coach Fernando Santos’ men before a perilous trip to Munich to face Germany on the current 19th, and then return again to the Hungarian capital to meet France on the 23rd of it in a revenge match for the 2016 final, which won Portugal with a clean goal.
Portugal concluded its preparations for the finals with a clean four-way victory over Israel, thanks to two goals from Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and a goal by Juventus star Ronaldo, and Manchester City Joao Cancelo, who is absent from the continental championship due to his recent infection with the Corona virus.
CR7, the icon of Portugal, hopes to achieve 3 goals he has set his sights on: helping his country to retain the continental title, breaking new records and launching its campaign towards winning the sixth Golden Ball.
At the age of 36, the Juventus star is preparing to become the first player to play at least one match in 5 different finals, knowing that Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has played the same number of continental tournaments, but without playing in all of them.
In order for Portugal to achieve a successive continental double that only Spain did in 2008 and 2012, it must first move beyond the group stage.
Portugal has the advantage over host Hungary. In 13 matches between them, “Brazilo Europe” won 9 matches and drew in 4.
The last confrontation between the two teams dates back to 2017, with Portugal winning with Andre Silva’s goal in the second half.