UEFA Euro 2016
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
78′ Ronaldo missed penalty
Group F favourites Portugal were held to their second consecutive draw in the European Championships after spurning a host of chances to draw 0-0 with Austria at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty twelve minutes from time as he cost his side their first victory of the tournament. On the night that the Real Madrid forward broke former captian Luís Figo’s record of 127 appearances to become Portugal’s most capped player, all eyes were on him as he seeked to redeem himself after making some rather bitter comments following his side’s draw with European Championship newcomers Iceland. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to atone after striking the post with a second-half spot-kick.
Despite Portugal’s dominance, it was Austria who had the first sight of goal when a Marcel Sabitzer cross was headed wide from close-range by Martin Harnik in the second minute.
In the 12th minute Portugal should have scored. When Nani beat his man from a Portugal throw-in, he was placed one-on-one with just Austria keeper Robert Almer to beat, but his effort was smothered by the keeper.
Nine minutes later, they should have went ahead again. A nice one-two between Nani and Raphaël Guerreiro saw the latter send in a teasing delivery that was met by Ronaldo who shot inches wide.
Eight minutes later, Portugal nearly took the lead. An André Gomes delivery following a corner was met by Nani with a glancing header, but his effort came back off the woodwork before João Moutinho fired over on the follow-up.
In the 37th minute Portugal had another great opportunity and it fell to Ronaldo. After a Ricardo Quaresma corner was cleared, the former headed the ball onto Ronaldo whose snapshot volley was saved well by Almer.
Five minutes before the break Austria went close when a dangerous David Alaba freekick was cleared off the line by Vierinha.
Immediately after the break, Austria went close when Stefan Ilsanker fired a rasping drive from-range that forced Patrício into a fine save with the keeper having to palm the ball away.
In the 54th minute, Ronaldo went close. The Madrid man’s fierce drive with his weaker left foot produced a fine save from Almer who did well to palm the ball behind. Portugal went close from the resulting corner. Ronaldo met the delivery with a powerful header but Almer did well to get down and make the save.
In the 77th minute, Portugal were given a golden opportunity when the referee pointed to the spot after Ronaldo was bundled over in the penalty area by Martin Hinteregger as the Portuguese forward tried to latch onto Raphaël Guerreiro’s cross.
The Madrid man had missed four of his last five penalties in normal-time but he stepped up, beating Almer who he sent the wrong the way, but he was to be denied by the post which came to Almer and Austria’s rescue.
Seven minutes later, Ronaldo thought he had atoned for his error when he headed home a Guerreiro delivery from a freekick, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.
That was the last action of the match as Austria held on to frustrate Portugal and keep Fernando Santos’ men waiting for their first victory of their European Championship campaign.