Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off one of his more frustrating games on the international level, righted that wrong for Portugal on Wednesday, lifting his side from the brink of elimination to a place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016
Ronaldo scored twice, with Portugal in a losing position each time, helping his nation to a wild 3-3 draw and third place in Group F. The result, coupled with Iceland's late 2-1 win over Austria, makes Hungary the surprise group winner, Portugal the third-place finisher and Iceland through in third place. Iceland will play England in the round of 16, while Hungary will play the second-place team in Group E. Portugal awaits its opponent.
Hungary opened the scoring and stunned Portugal through Zoltan Gera, who laced a blast from outside the box after a failed clearance:
Nani put the Portuguese back in the picture to advance, though, with a smart finish off a slick set-up by Ronaldo. Nani beat Gabor Kiraly at his near post to level the score just before halftime:
The second half was nothing short of insane. Balasz Dzsudzsak score on a deflected free kick to restore Hungary's lead and put Portugal back on the provisional sword:
Ronaldo scored his first to bring Portugal back from the dead with an audacious back-heel flick, making it 2-2:
Yet Dzsudszak scored again, off another deflection, moments later:
Ronaldo put Portugal on his back and provided the ultimate answer. His header made it 3-3 and provisionally thrust Portugal back into second place in the group:
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