Ronaldo throws reporter's microphone into a river
- Author: Jo Lloyd Jun 27, 2016,
Jun 27, 2016, 16:06
Portugal ended up with three points in Group F from three draws, advancing as one of the top four third-place teams.
"This is what Cristiano is all about, because he's a victor and a scorer, he feeds on goals", said Santos.
"This game increased his confidence levels".
"Croatia are a tough team, with good players".
Ronaldo opened his account in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes before a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalize at the Stade de Lyon.
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'Before we came here we said our ambitions were very high, ' said former Manchester United winger Nani. "But now they are standing in our way and we have to hunt them down". But they found themselves behind only 19 minutes into the first half.
"These are just more records, but like I always say that comes naturally", he said.
"We must highlight qualification because that was the first objective", he said. It doesn't mean that when he is not scoring, he's not playing well.
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Although the media shouted questions towards the star after his brief statement, Ronaldo simply said that it was a decision down to Portugal's media officer: "It's not up to me", he said.
Nani equalised just before half-time and a insane 17-minute spell after the break saw Balazs Dzsudzsak twice put Hungary back ahead only for Ronaldo to level on both occasions.
But Portugal's defence, marshalled by Pepe, looked less than solid in what was an obvious cause for concern for the manager.
"It's for me a privilege to be named man of the match, but our priority was to win the match and we failed to do that".
"We hadn't been able to score and we weren't convincing up front".
"In this phase of the competition there are no easy opponents and we probably got the most hard ones", he added. In terms of defence, we weren't as tight. We had two great performances in our other games as well but we promised we'd score against Hungary and we have got three so I am very pleased.
In the heat and humidity of Lyon, the pent-up frustration simmering inside Ronaldo after two goalless games was visible to one and all.
They would have gone through had Hungary beaten Portugal in Group F. Ronaldo then came through with his second.
"It's hard to say who is the favourite team, you can only say that third place didn't show how Portugal were playing".