Sunday 4 December 2016

Night to forget for Portugal star

Portugal 0 Austria 0

Published 19/06/2016 | 02:30

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a penalty in the Group F game against Austria. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a penalty in the Group F game against Austria. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Austria's Martin Hinteregger fouls Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in the area. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters
Austria's Marko Arnautovic, right, and Portugal's Vieirinha challenge for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group F match. Photo: Christophe Ena

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and spurned a hatful of other chances as Portugal were frustrated at Euro 2016 yet again.

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The Real Madrid star, winning his record 128th Portugal cap, had already ensured he would be the centre of attention after some unflattering comments about Iceland following his side's opening draw on Tuesday.

But he endured a night to forget at the Parc des Princes, slamming a 79th-minute penalty against the post, having an 85th-minute header disallowed and being denied on several other occasions in front of goal.

As against Iceland, Portugal completely dominated proceedings, mustering 23 shots to Austria's three, but they were unable to find a way past Robert Almer in the Group F clash.

The game was mostly one-way traffic, although Austria passed up a glorious early opportunity when Martin Harnik headed wide in the third minute.

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