Posted by News Express | 19 June 2016 | 3,383 times
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a 79th minute penalty against Austria as Portugal failed to score for the second game running at the Euro 2016.
The night had started well for Portugal as they created several chances but frustration set with Austria resolute in defending and the Portuguese had to endure miss upon miss.
Cristiano Ronaldo repeatedly tormented Austria’s goal but despite all his efforts on target he could not find a way past goalkeeper Robert Almer.
Portugal remained the dominant side and nearly reaped their reward just before the half-hour, only for Nani’s header from Andre Gomes’ cross to crash back off the post with Joao Moutinho drilling the rebound over.
In the 77th minute, Martin Hinteregger brought down Cristiano Ronaldo in the Austrian box and the Madrid star stepped up to take the resultant penalty. Unbelievably he hit the post.
It was a crucial miss and Austria seemed to suddenly find some attacking belief and Portugal had to struggled to survive nervy moments in the closing minutes.
In spite of the scare though, Ronaldo still managed to put the ball in the net off a free kick in the 84th minute and thought he had saved the day, only for the goal to be correctly ruled out after Ronaldo strayed offside.
Portugal missed the opportunity to go top of Group F. They remain third while Austria stay bottom heading into the final round of fixtures on Wednesday afternoon.
•Photo shows Cristiano Ronaldo.
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