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Ronaldo Misses Penalty, As Portugal Drop Points Again

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty, as Portugal drew 0-0 with Austria in their Euro 2016 Group F encounter.
Austria had the first real opening of the game in the third minute when Martin Harnik headed just wide of the upright from six-yards out.
Portugal should have gone ahead in the 12th minute, as Nani managed to sneak his way into the box but could not convert past Robert Almer from point-blank range.
Selecao squandered another chance to take the lead after 20 minutes when Raphael Guerrero did well to pick out Ronaldo, who placed his effort wide of the mark from six-yards out.
The woodwork came to Austria's rescue in the 29th minute, as Nani's glancing header crashed against the upright, with Almer well beaten.
Austria had their first real opening in the 40th minute when David Alaba fired a venomous free-kick into the box, but Vieirinha popped up with a fine interception to deny Harnik a certain goal.
Ronaldo's frustrations continued in the 55th minute, as Almer produced a fine save to keep out the Portugal captain's towering header.
Portugal were then awarded a penalty in the 77th minute when Ronaldo was brought down by Martin Hinteregger. The Portugal skipper stepped and struck his spot kick against upright, while Guerrero fired the rebound over the crossbar.
Selecao did have the ball in the back of the net in the 85th minute, but Ronaldo's glancing header was ruled out as he was flagged offside.
Nonetheless, the score remained the level at the full-time whistle, as Portugal and Austria shared the points.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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