Hungary coach Bernd Storck has offered a reminder there are 10 other Portugal players to deal with as the form of Cristiano Ronaldo dominates the agenda ahead of their final Group F clash in Lyon today.
The Real Madrid star has become a pantomime villain at Euro 2016, drawing criticism for his comments about Iceland’s “small mentality” before missing a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria.
The 31-year-old is under considerable pressure to produce at Stade de Lyon as Fernando Santos’ team seek to avoid the humiliation of exiting the European Championship in the group stage.
Hungary meanwhile, top of the pool after upsetting Austria and drawing with Iceland, are well-placed to advance to the knockout stages in their first appearance at a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
And their German coach Storck cut an exasperated figure at the inevitable line of questioning on the misfiring superstar during the pre-match news conference.
“Everybody is always asking about Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said. “I don’t think he’s the only world-class player in this team (Portugal).
“There are other players who have won the Champions League and contributed to this team.
“We need to be compact, brave. We can’t be afraid. We need to play our style of match. It’s not just about their number seven.
“They’ve had some difficulties in their first two games but today’s game is going to be a difficult one.”
Hungary’s players meanwhile are waiting to discover if this is the match when Ronaldo finally rediscovers his killer instinct.
UEFA fines Hungary £50,000
Hungary have been fined £50,000 by UEFA following crowd disturbances during their Euro 2016 match with Iceland.
European football’s governing body said in a statement that the charges were relating to “crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects” during the 1-1 draw against Iceland in Marseille.
Belgium and Portugal will also face action following disturbances during their games.
Croatia were fined £77,000 for crowd trouble during their match against the Czech Republic.
Ibrahimovic to retire after Euro 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will retire from international football after Euro 2016.
Sweden’s record goalscorer will quit this summer at the age of 34, and his last game could come as early as tonight.
The Swedes go into the Nice meeting with Belgium on the verge of elimination having taken just one point from their opening two games.
Ibrahimovic, who is expected to join Manchester United, said: “I will not participate in the Olympics because my last game will be the last game Sweden does in this Euro. So let’s hope it goes as long as possible.
“To finish in a disappointment, never. Because I’m very proud to be the captain of Sweden and of what I’ve achieved.
“I want to take this moment and thank all the supporters because they made it possible for me to achieve what I have achieved. Without them it would not have been possible.
“So wherever I go, wherever I come, I’ll always bring the Swedish flag with me and stand with it. So for me disappointment doesn’t exist, only proudness. I’m very thankful. So thank you.”
Ibrahimovic has 62 international goals and is aiming to become the first player to score in four European Championship finals tournaments.
He drew a blank as Sweden drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in their first game and lost 1-0 to Italy in their second.
Smith delighted with Three Lions
Former England international Alan Smith has said Roy Hodgson’s team at Euro 2016 are playing better than any England side in the past 15 years.
A disappointing night in Saint Etienne on Monday resulted in a frustrating 0-0 draw against Slovakia, meaning a second-place finish in Group B behind Wales.
Speaking to reporters from Paris, Smith hit back at criticism levelled at Hodgson’s side.
“In hindsight, everybody’s an expert, aren’t they? Pointing to the result, it wasn’t ideal and the fact that they’ve not topped the group, that wasn’t ideal,” he said.
“But are you telling me they didn’t play as well as they did against Russia? I think they did.
“Goals change games and they change perceptions and the fact we didn’t score has got people saying we made mistakes but I don’t think we did, I firmly believe that.
“We’re playing better in this tournament than we have for 10 or 15 years in tournaments. We shouldn’t forget that and if we can take that forward, we should feel confident.”
Also, former England international Rob Lee said he believed the key to a victory at Monday night’s game would have been if England had scored early on.
However, Lee reminded England fans it was not all bad news as their team have still managed to qualify for the final 16.
England play the runner-up in Group F, which includes Portugal, Hungary, Iceland and Austria, in Nice on Monday.
Fomenko steps down as Ukraine coach
Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko says he will quit after his team’s last group game against Poland on Tuesday.
Ukraine are unable to reach the knockout stages of the tournament in France after defeats to Germany and Northern Ireland in Group C.
“What sense does it make to continue after failing with the task that was set for the tournament?” Fomenko told reporters.
“I did not feel the united team that clinched the spot at the Euro finals.
“I paid attention to this during warm-up games against Cyprus and Wales. Everyone saw what was going on at the end of the Ukrainian championship. This situation affected the team’s psychology.”
Ukraine’s preparations for the tournament suffered a setback after an unseemly row between two of their high-profile players.
Shakhtar midfielder Taras Stepanenko and Dynamo Kiev’s Andriy Yarmolenko were involved in a spat during a league game