Hungary v Portugal: What the stats say


This is the third meeting between Hungary and Portugal at a major tournament after World Cup 1966 and Euro 2016, all in the group stages. The two previous games have produced a total of 10 goals (3-1 to Portugal in 1966, 3-3 in 2016).

Portugal have never lost against Hungary, in 13 previous encounters (W9 D4). In fact, Hungary are the team Portugal have faced the most times without ever losing.

Portugal are taking part in their eighth UEFA European Championships – they are the latest first-time winners of the Henri Delaunay trophy (2016). Portugal will attempt to become only the second team to win back-to-back European Championships after Spain (2008, 2012).

Portugal are the only team to reach the knockout stages of the European Championships in each of the last six editions, a run stretching back to the 1996 tournament. In fact, Portugal have always progressed from the group stages of the tournament (7/7).

Penalty shoot-outs excluded, Portugal are unbeaten in their last 11 games at the European Championships, 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 (W11 D3).

Portugal have failed to win their opening game in the last five major tournaments (World Cup + Euro), drawing three times and losing twice. Their last opening game victory was at Euro 2008 against Turkey (2-0).

Hungary have qualified for back-to-back editions of the UEFA European Championships, having only played in two of the previous 14 tournaments (1964, 1972).

Hungary remained unbeaten in the group stages in their last appearance at the European Championships (W1 D2 in 2016). In total however, they’ve won just two of their eight matches in the competition (D2 L4).

Only two of Hungary’s 11 goals in their European Championships history have come in the first half of games (7 in the second half, 2 in extra-time).

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most games (21), most goals (9, joint with Michel Platini) and most editions with at least one goal (4) at the European Championships. The Portuguese forward is also the European player with the joint most appearances at major tournaments, World Cup and Euro combined (38, level with Bastian Schweinsteiger).

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals and delivered two assists in his last three games against Hungary, including a brace in a 3-3 draw at Euro 2016.

Centre-back Willi Orbán was Hungary’s top scorer in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign – all three of his goals came from set-pieces.


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