Reigning European Champions Portugal scored three late goals to kick off their title defense with a 3-0 win in Budapest after making hard-work of a brave and well-organized, but limited Hungary.

Hungarian keeper Peter Gulasci had threatened to be the hero of the game after a string of first half saves to keep the score at 0-0 at halftime.

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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to appear in five European Championship finals stages, but was guilty of a bad miss in the 44th minute and he and his team-mates struggled to break down an increasingly confident Hungarian defense in the second half.

However, just when it was starting to look as if the Hungarians would earn a brave point, left back Rafael Guerreiro broke the deadlock in the 84th minute with a deflected left-foot shot that left Gulasci wrong-footed.

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Ronaldo doubled the lead from the penalty spot less than two minutes later after Bruno Silva was brought down and he added his second in injury time after a team move ended with him rounding the keeper to score.

XINHUA | BUDAPEST

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