Misfiring Ronaldo leaves Portugal in dangerous place

Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:04pm EDT
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty and had a late headed effort disallowed as Portugal's future at Euro 2016 looked in jeopardy following a 0-0 draw against Austria in a wide open Group F on Saturday.

Ronaldo won his 128th cap to break the record of Luis Figo, who was watching from the stands, but his landmark occasion turned into a night of torment for the Real Madrid luminary.

He fired his 79th minute spot kick against the post -- the fourth penalty he has missed in his last five for club and country -- having already squandered several chances in an entertaining game at the Parc des Princes.

Ronaldo then thought he had made amends in the 85th minute by grabbing the winner with a header but it was ruled out for offside. He has had 20 shots so far at the tournament, more than nine entire teams have managed, but has still to score.

Hailed as potentially tough opponents after an impressive qualifying campaign, Austria, ranked 10th in the world, again failed to live up to expectations after a 2-0 defeat by Hungary in their opener.

Hungary top the group with four points after earlier snatching a 1-1 draw against Iceland, who are level with Portugal on two points and ahead of Austria on one.

Portugal, who were knocked out in the first round at the 2014 World Cup, face a tense final match against Hungary while Austria will play Iceland on Wednesday.

Asked about Ronaldo, Portugal coach Fernando Santos snapped.   Continued...

 
Football Soccer - Portugal v Austria - EURO 2016 - Group F - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - 18/6/16
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo misses from the penalty spot
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