European Championship

Portugal 0-0 Austria

By Paul FletcherBBC Sport at Parc des Princes

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty on the night he became his country's record appearance holder as a hugely frustrating match for Portugal and their captain in Paris ended goalless to leave Group F wide open.

Ronaldo struck the base of the post with his spot kick after Austria defender Martin Hinteregger had wrestled him to the ground and later headed home only to be denied by the offside flag.

But huge credit for Austria's point must go to keeper Robert Almer, who made a string of sensational saves.

He stopped a crisp low strike and a header from Ronaldo as well as blocking from Nani, who struck the post with a first-half header as Portugal looked to pick up their first win of the competition.

Portugal dominated large swathes of the first competitive meeting between the sides since 1995 but were almost caught out several times, in particular when Stefan Ilsanker forced a good save with a crisp low strike shortly after the restart.

The result means that Hungary top Group F with four points, Portugal and Iceland both have two and Austria one - a situation which leaves all four in with a shout of reaching the last 16.

Ronaldo's record on a night to forget

It might have been a record-breaking night for Ronaldo, who was making his 128th appearance for Portugal, but he can't have endured few more frustrating ones since making his debut against Kazakhstan in 2003.

With Luis Figo, the man whose record he eclipsed, watching in the stands the scene was set for the 31-year-old to steal the headlines with his penalty but after sending Almer the wrong way he drilled his effort into the base of the post.

Ronaldo had become something of a pantomime villain after criticising Iceland's "small mentality" following their 1-1 draw in their opening match.

And his Euro 2016 didn't improve much during an opening half at Parc des Princes when he was a largely peripheral figure - save for one poor miss after a neat one-two involving Raphael Guerreiro had carved open the Austrian right side.

Cristiano Ronaldo had three shots on target (green arrows), three off target (red arrows) and four blocked (yellow circles) on a hugely frustrating night for the Portuguese forward

Seemingly unwilling to run at opponents and settling instead on probing along the Austrian defensive line, the Real Madrid forward seemed to take an age to make his way off the field at half-time, a dejected and troubled figure.

However, he nonetheless rebounded after the break, troubling Almer and forcing the game's best chance after Hinteregger fouled him.

But his failure to score means that his wait to become the first man to score in four European Championship finals goes on.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite a frustrating night, Cristiano Ronaldo stopped for a selfie with a fan who got onto the pitch at the end of the game

The Project 12 dream lives on

Way back in 2000 Austrian FA technical director Willi Ruttensteiner began reshaping Austrian football, introducing what was known as Project 12 with the aim of identifying and nurturing the best talent in the country.

Four from this venture started on Saturday, while another, defender Aleksandar Dragovic, was suspended. Marcel Sabitzer, one of the graduates, almost created a goal in the opening two minutes with a superb cross from the right but Martin Harnik could not convert his superb headed chance, scuffing the ball wide.

Group F

Austria were also denied by a superb defensive header at the end of the first half by Vieirinha after David Alaba, another of the scheme, whipped in a free-kick from a tight angle.

And Ilsanker also threatened at the very start of the second half and although Marcel Koller's team were largely second best on the night they are nonetheless still in contention for a place in the last 16.

For a team that climbed from 105th to a record high of 10th in the world rankings during their journey to qualifying for the finals in Paris, there is still hope.

However, they will be looking for more from key player Alaba, who played in an advanced role on Saturday but who was surprisingly withdrawn with more than 25 minutes remaining.

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Portugal)

Joao Moutinho
Joao Moutinho impressed in the middle of the park for Portugal but Austria have goalkeeper Robert Almer (and his post) to thank for ensuring they left the Parc des Princes with a point.

What they said

Portugal boss Fernando Santos: "Fair or unfair is a moot point, the only difference in the two matches we've played is that against Iceland we scored one and conceded one, here we didn't score but we didn't concede either.

"We had plenty of chances, but we didn't score. Now we have to think about the next match.

"Iceland wasn't great, if we had won it that would have been a major step forward. Today we had another very positive match but what we need now is to play the next one and to win it; that will make the team grow.

"Hungary will be happy to draw against us, they are primed to go through. They will be highly motivated but we will have to break that wall down."

Austria coach Marcel Koller: "It was important not to lose this game. Portugal had more chances but we have won a point with a good defensive effort.

"Normally that's not our type of game but you have to be flexible in a tournament and adapt to the teams you are playing.

"We are still in the race. We're in very different place mentally now compared to the last game; now the players are happy and that makes it easier for us. We have a final in the last game, and I hope we can win it."

The stats you need to know

  • Cristiano Ronaldo missed his first penalty at a major tournament in normal time (scored v Iran in 2006 World Cup). He has missed four of his last five for club and country.
  • Ronaldo became the first player to miss a penalty (excluding shootouts) for Portugal at a major tournament.
  • Ronaldo became Portugal's most capped player (128), surpassing Luis Figo (127).
  • Ronaldo has now also attempted 36 direct free-kicks at major tournaments for Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.
  • Austria kept their first clean sheet at a major tournament in 14 matches and first since 1982 vs Algeria.
  • Portugal are unbeaten in five matches against Austria, although four have been draws (won one, drew four).
  • None of Austria's last 32 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.

What next?

Group F concludes on Wednesday, with both games kicking off at 17:00 BST. Portugal finish their group campaign with a match against Hungary in Lyon. Austria face Iceland at the Stade de France in Paris, which is obviously pretty handy for their fans.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 11Vieira de Freitas
  • 3PepeBooked at 40mins
  • 6Carvalho
  • 5Jose Guerreiro
  • 20Ricardo QuaresmaBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJoão Márioat 71'minutes
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 15André GomesSubstituted forMacedo Lopesat 83'minutes
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forFerreira Silvaat 89'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 4José Fonte
  • 9Macedo Lopes
  • 10João Mário
  • 12Lopes
  • 13Danilo
  • 16Renato Sanches
  • 18Ferreira Silva
  • 19Eliseu
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 22Dos Reis Carvalho
  • 23Adrien Silva


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Almer
  • 17Klein
  • 15Prödl
  • 4HintereggerBooked at 78mins
  • 5FuchsBooked at 60mins
  • 6IlsankerSubstituted forWimmerat 87'minutes
  • 14Baumgartlinger
  • 20SabitzerSubstituted forHinterseerat 85'minutes
  • 8AlabaSubstituted forSchöpfat 65'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 7Arnautovic
  • 11HarnikBooked at 47mins


  • 2Garics
  • 9Okotie
  • 12Lindner
  • 13Suttner
  • 16Wimmer
  • 18Schöpf
  • 19Hinterseer
  • 21Janko
  • 22Jantscher
  • 23Özcan
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamAustria
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 0, Austria 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 0, Austria 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vieirinha.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Austria. Julian Baumgartlinger tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

  6. Post update

    Martin Harnik (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vieirinha (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Rafa replaces Nani.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Alessandro Schöpf (Austria).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Austria. Kevin Wimmer replaces Stefan Ilsanker.

  11. Booking

    Alessandro Schöpf (Austria) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Alessandro Schöpf (Austria).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Portugal. Raphael Guerreiro tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Austria. Lukas Hinterseer replaces Marcel Sabitzer.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Christian Fuchs (Austria).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Eder replaces André Gomes.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal).

  18. Post update

    Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Gomes (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Penalty missed! Still Portugal 0, Austria 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

As It Stood






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3Czech Rep201123-11


4R. of Ireland201114-31


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