Ronaldo misses pen as Portugal foiled by Austria

Sport360 staff 19/06/2016

Ronaldo set a new Portuguese record with his 128th international cap, surpassing the mark previously shared with Luis Figo, but the occasion will be better remembered for the Real Madrid superstar hitting the post with a 79th-minute penalty.

Hungary, who salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw with Iceland, are the surprise group leaders with a game to play, while Austria must win their final match to avoid exiting prematurely.

Portugal settled quickly against Austria, with Nani denied his second goal of the tournament by the outstretched leg of Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer after breaking in behind centre-back Prodl.

Almer tipped a long-range strike from Vieirinha behind, while Ronaldo spurned a glorious opportunity to write his name into the history books on 22 minutes as he steered wide from Raphael Guerreiro’s cut-back inside the area.

Portugal remained the dominant side and nearly reaped their reward just before the half-hour, only for Nani’s header from Andre Gomes’ left-wing cross to crash back off the post with Joao Moutinho drilling the rebound over.

Ronaldo then helped on a Quaresma header straight at Almer and Vieirinha needed to make an important clearance to keep David Alaba’s driven free-kick from finding Harnik at the far post.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio parried away a stinging drive from Ilsanker within seconds of the restart, but Portugal soon reasserted their authority with Ronaldo leading the charge.

His thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the area was turned behind by Almer, and the ensuing corner produced a similar result with the Austria keeper beating away Ronaldo’s downward header.

Koller hauled off Alaba on 65 minutes, replacing the Bayern Munich star with Schalke midfielder Alessandro Schopf, but it failed to stem the flow of Portuguese attacks.

And with 11 minutes to go it appeared Portugal would get the goal their display merited when they were awarded a penalty after Martin Hinteregger wrestled Ronaldo to the ground.

But the three-time World Player of the Year was left shaking his head in disbelief as he smacked the ball against the base of the post to ensure his wait for a goal at a fourth European Championship finals goes on.

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Romelu Lukaku.

The strapping striker had come to symbolise the malaise which bedeviled Belgium during their dire opening loss to Italy.

But he was at the forefront of a recovery Saturday, finding the back of the net twice in a 3-0 win against the outclassed Ireland.

This new exuberance could be found in the Everton man’s excellent opener.

He won the ball on the edge of his own area, before charging up the pitch to stylishly sweep into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

This is the level Lukaku and the Red Devils must reach for the rest of Euro 2016 to live up to their high billing.

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What they said: Best post-match quotes from Iceland vs Hungary

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Hungary rally to secure a valuable point

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 40th minute penalty had put plucky Iceland on course for victory – and perhaps in sight of a place in the last 16 – in a tight Group F clash in Marseille.

But Hungary had dominated possession throughout against an Iceland side content to defend and the pressure finally told in the 88th minute as Saevarsson turned a Nemanja Nikolic cross into his own net.

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Here’s the best of the post-match interviews from the match:

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Iceland goalscorer

“This is a big disappointment. We almost had the three points in our hands, but were lacking concentration towards the end even though our defence was good to begin with.”

“We’re at a big tournament and we’re playing against really strong teams. Getting this far just shows how good we really are.”

Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, Iceland man of the match

We were a few minutes away from victory, we failed to finish the game off. We were winning a lot of second balls, but we should have kept calm and played football more..”

“We wanted the three points today and were so close. If you could only have seen how disappointed the guys were in the dressing room. It feels like a loss.”

Bernd Storck, Hungary coach

“We will see after the Portugal-Austria game and then decide what we have to do in the group. We‘re very happy with our performance and the late goal. It was a big bit of luck but a deserved one because we dominated the game.”

“We couldn’t create many chances, Iceland defended cleverly, although it was better in the second half. We never gave up and always believed in ourselves.”

Heimir Hallgrímsson, Iceland joint coach

“We were happy with a point against Portugal, but we’re disappointed with this result. The dressing room was silent.  I’d like to credit Hungary and their coach. Hungary are a really good team and those who underestimate them will suffer.”

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