Thursday’s cover: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo fires Portugal into Euro 2016 last 16

Portugal’s Cristinao Ronaldo and his teammates make the cover of The National Sport on Thursday, June 23, 2016 after they salvaged a point against Hungary and advanced to the Euro 2016 last 16.

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Portugal's Cristinao Ronaldo and his teammates make the cover of The National Sport on Thursday, June 23, 2016 after they salvaged a point against Hungary and advanced to the Euro 2016 last 16.

Hungary took the lead through Zoltan Gera and were then continually pegged back by the Portuguese, but their spirit, resilience and never-say-die attitude was in evidence in their response to every equaliser.

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1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3: Hungary, who rested a number of key players, simply kept edging in front, with Portugal forced to come from behind on three occasions to snatch the point that guaranteed them a place in the round of 16. Ronaldo scored two gems during the fightback.

For the third game running, Fernando Santos’ side were a little unfortunate to only draw. Just as against Iceland and Austria, Portugal once more created the better goalscoring chances, while two of Hungary’s strikes were deflected long-range efforts.

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