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Night to forget for Ronaldo

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a penalty during the Euro 2016 Group F match against Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris yesterday.


Cristiano Ronaldo experienced a night to forget on his record 128th Portugal appearance yesterday, missing a late penalty in a 0-0 draw against Austria that left his team winless after two matches at the European Championship.

As goalkeeper Robert Almer dived to his left, Ronaldo struck the spot-kick in the opposite direction, but it crashed against the post in the 79th minute.

Ronaldo did find the net minutes later, but there was no 59th-minute Portugal goal for the forward as it was ruled out for offside at the Parc des Princes.

It summed up another substandard game in France for the Portugal captain, who is still waiting to score in a record fourth European Championship.

"We have to take our chances," Man of the Match Joao Moutinho said, without singling out Ronaldo for blame.

If the Portuguese are as profligate in the final group game against leader Hungary, they could be going home early after also drawing their opening game against Iceland.


Austria are off the mark after opening with a loss to Hungary, ensuring a tight conclusion to Group F.

Iceland and Portugal are both on two points, two behind Hungary.

"We can't wallow in our own misery," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said through a translator. "There is a final to play on the 22nd - our first final of these Euros ... and then the team can grow."

Portugal require the same guile and speed of a post-match selfie-seeker.

There was a brief security scare after the final whistle when a fan rushed on to the field to approach Ronaldo. A steward intervened, but Ronaldo allowed the fan to pose for a selfie.

Ronaldo won't want any pictures to remember this game. It was a landmark match, but not a memorable one for the Real Madrid forward.