Ahungary vs portugal UEFA EURO LIVE Football Score 15 June 2021
Hungary were in the same group as Portugal at Euro 2016 and ended up topping it after a thrilling 3-3 draw with the eventual tournament winners.
There is no chance Hungary will finish top of Group F and, on paper, this talented Portugal side should have too much for them – but the game is being played in Budapest, so I am going to go with a draw.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Portugal begin their defence of the European Championship when they face Hungary on Tuesday.
The Euro 2016 winners head into the match in good form, having played out a goalless against Spain and thrashed Israel 4-0 in the build-up to the tournament.
Hungary, meanwhile, have been hamstrung by the news that their star man, RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai will miss the tournament through injury.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of Hungary and Portugal’s first Group F match at Euro 2020.
The match kicks off at 5pm BST on Tuesday, June 15 and will be shown live on ITV, or through the ITV Hub, in the UK.
US consumers can watch the game, at 12pm EST, on ESPN.
This game will be the tournament’s first at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
The reason to watch this match
A chance to see the most high-profile footballer in Europe in action? Oh, go on then.
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead his country out at what is incredibly his fifth European Championship, and he has scored at the previous four…
This game is also the first in the tournament’s ‘group of death’, with World Cup-winners France and Germany the other sides aiming to qualify for the knockouts
It will, therefore, surely be an attacking emphasis from Portugal, as they aim to get three points on the board against supposedly the group’s weakest side.
Plenty, and it doesn’t bode well for Hungary.
They have not beaten Portugal in their previous 13 encounters, drawing four and losing nine.
The teams last faced off in qualification for the 2018 World Cup, with Portugal winning 3-0 and 1-0 as Hungary failed to make the tournament.
Ronaldo and his merry men have The Athletic newsroom’s full backing in this one.
The key question
How will Portugal line up with their embarrassment of attacking riches?
Can you fit Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Andre Silva, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes all in the same side? Let us know in the comments below.
- This is the third meeting between Hungary and Portugal at a major tournament after World Cup 1966 and Euro 2016. The two previous games have produced 10 goals (3-1 to Portugal in 1966, 3-3 in 2016).
- Portugal have never lost against Hungary (won nine, drew four).
- Hungary have qualified for back-to-back editions of the European Championship, having only played in two of the previous 14 tournaments (1964, 1972).
- Hungary remained unbeaten in the group stages in their last appearance (won one, drew two in 2016), but have won just two of eight matches in the competition (drew two, lost four).
- Only two of Hungary’s 11 goals in the European Championship have come in the first half (seven in the second half, two in extra time).
- Centre-back Willi Orban was Hungary’s top scorer in qualifying – all three of his goals came from set-pieces.
- Portugal are taking part in their eighth European Championship and will attempt to become only the second team to win back-to-back titles after Spain (2008, 2012).
- Portugal are the only team to reach the knockout stages in each of the last six editions, a run stretching back to 1996. Portugal have always progressed from the group stages (seven out of seven).
- Not including penalty shootouts, Portugal are unbeaten in their last 11 games at the European Championship, with their last two defeats in the competition coming against Germany (June 2008 and June 2012). Only Spain have embarked on a longer run without a defeat in the history of the tournament: 14 games, from 2008 to 2016 (won 11, drew three).