NEWS
Saturday June 18 2016
Ronaldo and Portugal nightmare

Cristiano Ronaldo had an absolute nightmare, firing a penalty on to the upright as Portugal were pegged back to a 0-0 draw by Austria.

CR7 made history with his 128th appearance for Portugal, becoming their most capped player of all time ahead of Luis Figo. He was visibly furious after a 1-1 draw with Iceland to open the tournament, while 10-man Austria were surprisingly beaten by Hungary. Aleksandar Dragovic was suspended with Zlatko Junuzovic injured.

The Portuguese defence was completely caught out after three minutes, but Martin Harnik turned his free header wide from six yards. At the other end, goalkeeper Robert Almer performed a double save on Nani’s angled drive and the Vieirinha follow-up.

Cristiano Ronaldo was poor in the first game and missed a sitter here, side-footing wide from a Raphael Guerreiro pull-back.

Nani saw his free header thump the near post from 10 yards, but Pepe was booked for tripping David Alaba right on the edge of the box and from that Alaba free kick Vieirinha desperately cleared off the line.

Straight after the restart, Stefan Ilsanker unleashed a sudden daisy-cutter that Rui Patricio palmed off the line. Almer needed two fine saves in quick succession on Ronaldo’s snapshot and the header from a resulting corner.

A Ronaldo free kick skimmed the bar and the game looked to be going nowhere until Hinteregger wrestled Ronaldo to the ground for a penalty. CR7 stepped up and incredibly fired his spot-kick against the base of the upright! Remarkably he has failed to convert four of his last five penalties for club and country, not including shoot-outs.

His nightmare still wasn’t over, as Ronaldo’s glancing header from a free kick flew into the far bottom corner, but he was flagged offside.

Portugal 0-0 Austria

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Vieirinha, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Raphael Guerreiro; Quaresma (Joao Mario 71), William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes (Eder 83); Nani (Rafa Silva 89), Ronaldo

Austria: Almer; Klein, Prödl, Hinteregger, Fuchs; Harnik, Ilsanker (Wimmer 87), Alaba (Schöpf 65), Baumgartlinger, Arnautovic; Sabitzer (Hinterseer 85)

Ref: Rizzoli (ITA)

Missed pen: Ronaldo 79 (P)

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