Ronaldo, Portugal Stumble Draw Blanks Against Austria

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Portugal stumbled again in their Euro 2016 campaign after a 0-0 draw in their second match against Austria as Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty.

Ronaldo’s penalty miss came on a night when he surpassed Luis Figo as the most-capped player in his country’s history. But on his 127th appearance, the Real Madrid ace could only strike the upright after he was fouled in the box with 10 minutes to play.

Earlier, Nani hit the post for Portugal as they drew a second successive game.

The first chance of the night fell to the Austrians as early as the third minute. Marcel Sabitzer’s whipped cross found Martin Harnik at the far post, but the ball was headed wide.

Three minutes later the Portuguese almost took the lead albeit for a brilliant double save from Robert Almer. First the goalkeeper denied Luis Nani’s curling effort and then pushed Vieirinha’s long range effort wide to safety.

Nani had another opportunity on the half hour mark after rising well at the far post to head a Joao Moutinho cross, but he was once again unable to find the target as he rattled the woodwork.

Fernando Santos’ men pushed men forward in search of a winner and were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when Christiano Ronaldo was pulled down in the box by Martin Hinterreger.

But the record-breaker saw his frustrating night continue as he struck the upright. And when he did find the net moments later, the goal was ruled out for offside.

The draw gave Austria their first point of the European Championship, while Portugal are on two points following their opening 1-1 scoreline against Iceland.

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