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Portugal vs. Austria - Euro 2016 Group F game - as it happened

Portugal did not do well against Iceland in their first Group F match, while Austria lost to Hungary. Can Ronaldo spur his side on? -- Paris (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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22.00 BST: The Euro 2016 fate of Portugal and Austria hangs in the balance, with both teams still without a win after two matches apiece at this tournament. 

Both will still hope to progress with wins on Wednesday, but Portugal will need to gather around their captain tonight after a hugely frustrating game for the nation's talisman. Ronaldo missed a number of chances from open play, hit the post with a penalty and had a goal ruled out for offside in a display that would surely have brought a smile to the face of any watching Iceland supporters.

Ronaldo has had more shots on his own at this tournament than nine teams have managed, but he's yet to score and his frustration is clearly building. Hungary could be on the receiving end of something pretty special next week.


Fernando Santos mixed up his selection and it seemed to work for Portugal, who controlled the game and got their best players much more involved in the final third than they managed against Iceland. But poor finishing from Nani and Ronaldo let them down, while the performance of Almer in the Austria goal also went a long way to explaining the 0-0 scoreline. Win against Hungary in their next match and Portugal will be through, but confidence will not be high after a very frustrating evening.


A tactical reshuffle did little to spark Austria into life, and they were even worse than in their opening defeat to Hungary if anything. Alaba was pushed high and left completely isolated by the tactics and will be extremely frustrated to have been taken off after failing to influence proceedings. This was not the Austria we were promised from their performances in qualifying and Iceland will fancy their chances when the two meet on Wednesday.


93 MINS: The final whistle goes and it ends 0-0 in Paris.

91 MINS: It's been one of those nights for Ronaldo:

90 MINS: There will be three minutes of added time -- enough for one of these sides to conjure up a winner?

89 MINS: Austria launch the ball long, but there's little quality in their attack now that Alaba's gone off and the ball comes straight back at them.

87 MINS: Nani has faded badly and he is replaced for the final few minutes by Rafa.

86 MINS: Kevin Wimmer comes on for Austria as they look to cling on for a draw. This has not been a good performance at all and they will count themselves extremely fortunate if they take anything from the game.


Ronaldo finds the bottom corner with a brilliant header and wheels away in relief... only to have his celebrations cut short by the assistant's raised flag. It was the right decision and Ronaldo hangs his head in disappointment.

83 MINS: Can one of these teams grab a late winner, following the trend of late goals in this tournament. Portugal look the most likely to snatch it still, despite the disappointment of that Ronaldo miss.

82 MINS: We did promise that Ronaldo would enter the record books tonight...

81 MINS: Austria enjoy a rare spell of possession in the Portugal half, no doubt boosted by the shock of seeing Ronaldo miss from the penalty spot.


Ronaldo waits for the keeper to commit himself and slots the ball the other side, but he pushes it slightly too wide and watches in horror as his spot-kick cannons back off the base of the post.


Ronaldo is rugby tackled to the ground as he tries to get on the end of a cross and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

76 MINS: Still Portugal throw bodies forward, but still they can't find the breakthrough.

74 MINS: Arnautovic can't believe he was denied a chance to shoot in favour of that intricate free kick move, and he's letting his teammates know all about it.

73 MINS: Austria attempt a cheeky routine from a free kick in a dangerous shooting position, but it's read by Pepe and Fuchs fails to hit the target with his rushed shot on the follow-up.

71 MINS: Quaresma is subbed off, with Joao Mario coming on in his place.

69 MINS: A draw suits Portugal marginally more than Austria, but truthfully both teams could really do with winning this game to ease the pressure ahead of the final round of pool matches.

67 MINS: Alaba watches on from the bench as his teammates try desperately to get hold of the ball. They could really do with a midfielder with quality on the ball right now. If only they had one...

65 MINS: Ronaldo fizzes another free kick over the bar. He's getting closer, but that's 36 tournament free kick efforts without a goal for CR7 now.

64 MINS: Austria manager Marcel Koller makes a shock change, taking off Alaba and bringing on Alessandro Schopf. He's not been great, but taking off Austria's most gifted player at this stage is a big call.

62 MINS: Still Portugal pour forward. Austrian's resurgence was short lived and we're back to the one-sided game that we had in the first half.

61 MINS: Well, one reason that it's still 0-0 is the performance of this man:

60 MINS: Ronaldo makes a dangerous run across his marker but can't quite reach a clipped cross into the Austria box. How on earth is this still 0-0?!

58 MINS: The referee overrules his assistant, awarding a foul to Portugal and dishing out a yellow card to Christian Fuchs for a foul on Quaresma.

56 MINS: And it's Cristiano again, rising highest in the box and testing Almer with a powerful downward header. Ronaldo is everywhere for Portugal, but he can't quite find the goal that he so desperately wants.

55 MINS: Pepe marauds forward and finds Ronaldo, who fizzes in a stunning shot from distance and forces a terrific save from Almer. That was an incredible hit by the Real Madrid forward.

54 MINS: Ronaldo is getting a grip on this game, which should worry Austria. But people can't stop talking about his absurd free kick a few minutes ago.

52 MINS: The Portugal fans find their voice, but have yet to be treated to a goal. How long can it be until we see changes? 

50 MINS: Austria have pushed higher since the restart, looking to get Alaba and Harnik more in the game. It's the right thing to do, but will give Portugal some space to attack in behind the defence.

48 MINS: Ronaldo lines up a free kick from a ridiculous distance and slams it straight into the wall. Even Gareth Bale wouldn't have gone for goal from there!

46 MINS: The game is back underway and Austria very nearly take a lead inside the first minute. Rui Patricio makes his first meaningful save of the match to deny Stefan Ilsanker, but that's more like it!

20:59 BST: Ronaldo might have been wasteful, but Alaba has been far worse for Austria. The Bayern man needs to up his game.

20.57 BST: It's fair to say that the first half was pretty one-sided...

20.55 BST: Portugal have been by far the better side in the first 45 minutes, although misses by Nani and Ronaldo have seen them fail to take advantage of that dominance. Austria are struggling to get going, although do look dangerous on the rare occasions when they're able to counter.


45 MINS: The whistle goes to end the half, with the score still goalless.

42 MINS: Ronaldo has been lively so far, but there's a sense that he's trying a little too hard to make an impression.

40 MINS: The free kick is too wide for a shot, but Alaba whips a beauty of a ball across the face of goal that forces a hurried clearance at the back post. That's more like it from the Bayern man!

39 MINS: Pepe scythes down Alaba right on the edge of the box to give away a free kick and earn himself a yellow card.

38 MINS: Marko Arnautovic, looking 'the part' with shaved sides and a topknot, gives away a free kick to put the pressure back on Austria.

37 MINS: Ronaldo does well to get a shot away in a split-second as the ball breaks to him in the box, but again Almer makes the save.

36 MINS: Austria are camped in their own half, with Harnik isolated and Alaba unable to influence play from his attacking midfield role. It's not really working for them.

34 MINS: Ronaldo is wrongly flagged offside as his thumping header draws an excellent save out of the goalkeeper.

33 MINS: Portugal managed 11 shots in the opening 30 minutes of this game -- the most yet in a game at this tournament.

31 MINS: That miss from Moutinho a moment ago is the only blot on his copybook in an otherwise impressive display in the opening half hour from the midfield maestro.

30 MINS: Quaresma has a little kick out in frustration as he tries to keep the ball in play and then speaks out of turn to the referee, earning himself a yellow card.

29 MINS: Nani hits the post when he should score and Joao Moutinho blasts over from the rebound.

27 MINS: But Portugal will need Ronaldo to find his range if they are to take advantage of their dominance:

25 MINS: It feels like a goal is coming, with Portugal increasingly dominating midfield and finding more and more pockets of space in the final third.

23 MINS: Harnik does well to chase down a lost cause, but there's no support up with him and he's unable to take advantage of his own tenacity.

21 MINS: Ronaldo wastes a golden opportunity to open the scoring, darting across the front of his marker only to sidefoot a shot wide.

19 MINS: Nani tries to reach an over-hit through-ball and his mere presence forces an error, with Prodl clearing for a throw when the goalkeeper was ready to claim the loose pass.

18 MINS: Austrian goalkeeper Almer boots a clearance into his own player, which ricochets behind for a corner.

16 MINS: The Portuguese may be the more dangerous attacking side, but they are leaving their defence horribly exposed. Pepe has bailed them out on a couple of occasions already, but his high-octane style isn't going to continue for long without him committing a big foul.

14 MINS: Portugal are looking the better of the two teams at the moment, but there's plenty of space for Harnik to operate in on the break. The big challenge for Austria is to give Alaba enough time to get up in support of the lone striker.

12 MINS: Nani forces a smart save out of the goalkeeper with a shot from an angle as Austria's defence is carved open, and Almer gets down smartly again seconds later to deny Vieirinha.

11 MINS: Alaba is playing much higher up than he did in Austria's opening game, moving into an attacking midfield role in the space behind Harnik.

9 MINS: And, just to fulfil that quota of a Ronaldo comment every five minutes*, here's a reminder of why today is extra special for the Portugal captain.

*there is no quota

7 MINS: This game has the vibe of a winner-takes-all encounter -- the first such feeling there's been in this tournament. It's open and attacking, with both teams looking lively going forward and shaky at the back.

5 MINS: Nani heads over the bar at the other end as a looping deflection picks him out. That was a much harder chance than Harnik's earlier effort, as the former Manchester United man had to try and generate a lot of power.

3 MINS: Martin Harnik should score as he is picked out by a cross into the Portugal box. The striker manages to drift off the back of his marker to find a pocket of space, but he can't quite hang in the air long enough and gets no control on his close-range header, which slides wide.

2 MINS: Pepe puts his goalkeeper under pressure with a poor back-pass and that's given the Austrian fans some early encouragement.

1 MIN: There's an early scare for Austria as a corner angles towards Ronaldo at the back post and has to be clawed over his own bar by a worried Robert Almer.

20.00 BST: KICK-OFF!

19.56 BST: Here come the players -- it's anthem time! 

19.54 BST: Eyebrows are being raised amongst the Austria fans too at the news that Prodl has been preferred to Kevin Wimmer. The Watford man will have a big job on his hands given the national team's less than spectacular defensive record.

19.48 BST: Austria will have to deal with Portugal's attacking trio without the services of their best defender, Aleksandar Dragovic, following his sending off in the 2-0 loss to Hungary. Sebastian Prodl comes in at the back, while Bayern Munich's David Alaba will be expected to have more of an impact from his central midfield role than he did in the opening game.

19.44 BST: It's an extremely attacking line-up that Portugal coach Fernando Santos has named, with all three of Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma starting. That's an awful lot of pace and flair for Austria to handle, although the decision to put youngster Renato Sanches on the bench has raised some eyebrows.

19.40 BST: Portugal's captain enters the record books once again this evening:

19.38 BST: Ronaldo's on-field frustrations and post-game comments stole much of the attention after his team's disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland, but the Real Madrid man doesn't often have two poor games in a row. Austria -- you have been warned.

19.30 BST: It's time for Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and under-performing 'dark horses' Austria to take centre stage, following Iceland's heartbreak against Hungary. A win would give either of these sides a strong chance of reaching the knockout stages, but draw or lose and the pressure will be on ahead of the final round of Group F matches on Wednesday.

Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Vieirinha, Pepe, R Carvalho, Guerreiro, Quaresma, W Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes, Nani, Ronaldo

Austria XI: Almer, Klein, Prodl, Hinteregger, Fuchs, Harnik, Ilsanker, Alaba, Baumgartlinger, Arnautovic, Sabitzer


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