Full-time: Portugal 0-0 Austria

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Full-time: Portugal 0-0 Austria

All over in the French capital, and what a frustrating evening for Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular.

The record-breaking captain missed a string of guilt-edge chances, leaving Portugal's hopes of progressing hanging by a thread.

Ronaldo had a night to forget
Ronaldo had a night to forget Getty Images


Three minutes of time added. That's all Portugal have to find a deserved winner in this match.

Pepe on the ball for Portugal
Pepe on the ball for Portugal Getty Images


Time is running out for Ronaldo and the rest of his teammates. Nani is making way for Rafa Silva, meaning Portugal have made their third and final substitution.

The new man makes a zig-zagging run on the edge of the box, but fails to find a teammate in the middle and Austria survive.

Ronaldo shows his frustration
Ronaldo shows his frustration Getty Images


Ronaldo has the ball in the net - but it won't count. Despite a brilliant leap and finish, the goal is ruled out for offside. That was the correct call, too.

Portugal fans watching the big game
Portugal fans watching the big game Getty Images


Eder, a proper centre-forward, is introduced to the game for the final few minutes. Not before time, too. Can he make himself a hero?


That one moment summed up Ronaldo's tournament so far. It was inches away from glory but as it is, Portugal's wait for a goal goes on.

Fans watching the game in Paris
Fans watching the game in Paris Getty Images


Ronaldo misses! The record-breaking forward sees his right-footed effort come bouncing back off the post with the keeper beaten. No-one can believe what they have seen. It's not been his day at all.

Ronaldo reacts to his miss
Ronaldo reacts to his miss Getty Images


Penalty Portugal!

Ronaldo is rugby-tackled to the ground in the box and the ref points to the spot. That wouldn't have looked out of place at Twickenham. Ronaldo to take it...

Ronaldo is awarded a penalty
Ronaldo is awarded a penalty Getty Images


This tournament has featured plenty of late goals, including match-winners for England and hosts France. Are Portugal able to do something similar in the remaining 12 minutes?

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is very obviously frustrated and is making his feelings known to the referee.


If Portugal end up losing this... They have dominated since the first few minutes and should be out of sight by now. But as full-time draws nearer, a goal appears to be increasingly unlikely.

The smile disappeared from Ronaldo's face a long time ago.

Ricardo Carvalho seeks some instructions
Ricardo Carvalho seeks out some instructions Getty Images


Nani, Quaresma and Ronaldo have interchanged positions impressively this evening. However, Portugal still lack a proper centre-forward.

Meanwhile, the much-discussed Joao Mario is coming on. Making way is Ricardo Quaresma, who has been poor.

Quaresma makes way for Mario
Quaresma makes way for Mario Getty Images


This game is so, so, so stretched now. Just over 20 minutes to find a goal for the Portuguese, who have been brilliant in some ways and woeful in others.


Austria need to make a change of their own, because their current approach does not look sustainable. They're inviting pressure.

Just as I type that, Alaba - who has barely had a kick - comes off for Alessandro Schopf. I assume the Bayern Munich man is injured, as he is their best player by far.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is stood over a freekick from about 35 yards, but it whistles over the top.

Robert Almer
Robert Almer (right) in action for Austria Getty Images


It's one-way stuff now. Portugal are huffing and puffing... yet their wait for a goal goes on. Less than 30 minutes left in Paris now, too.

Nani wins the ball
Nani wins the ball Getty Images


An hour gone and surely it's time for a change or two. For Portugal, I'm not sure Quaresma has done a sufficient amount this evening given how much of the ball he has seen. Which is basically the story of his career.

Ronaldo shows his frustration
Ronaldo shows his frustration Getty Images


From the resulting corner, Ronaldo gets on the end of the cross, which is punched off the line by the keeper.

Ronaldo really took off at that corner, rising way, way, way above everyone else in the box.

Ronaldo looks for an opening
Ronaldo looks for an opening Getty Images


Andre Gomes, who has been linked with a big-money move this summer, looks to dribble his way through before being crowded out.

And then Ronaldo, miles out from goals, unleashes a speculative effort with his left foot that is just poked around the post. That would have been some goal.

A fan in the Parc des Princes
A fan in the Parc des Princes Getty Images


Yep, it's a definite tactic to get close and not allow Portugal's players - who are technically superior - to turn and run at them. The question is: why wasn't that the case in the first half?

Ronaldo bemoans a decision
Ronaldo bemoans a decision Getty Images


The first notable action of the half sees Ilsanker bring a full-stretch save out of Rui Patricio. That was a thunderous right-footed effort from distance. An encouraging start.

Harnik has gone into the book, meanwhile, for a late challenge. He cannot have any complaints about that. But it's clear the Austrians are looking to get a bit tighter to their opposing numbers in the second half.


The second-half is back under way. Some 45 minutes for someone to find the net.

Both teams are unchanged.


Half-time: Portugal 0-0 Austria

A cracking half, but still no goals. Portugal have hammered their opponents and have been much the better side.

Ronaldo looks frustrated
Ronaldo looks frustrated Getty Images


Less than five minutes until the break, and Portugal must be feeling a little frustrated now. They've created so many decent chances, yet Ronaldo and Nani have both been wasteful.


Having said that, Pepe now hacks down David Alaba on the right side and everyone looks at the ref. Inside the box or outside? It's a freekick and a yellow card.

Alaba takes the resulting freekick, which looks to be sneaking into the far corner from a tight angle, but Patricio just does enough to clear the ball.

Andre Gomes dribbles with the ball
Andre Gomes dribbles with the ball Getty Images


Another chance for Portugal! And again, Ronaldo can't quite find the pinpoint finish he is looking for after he is put through on goal by a headed pass from Ricardo Quaresma.

This is one of the most one-sided 0-0 games you could ever see. Austria have hardly entered Portugal's half in the last 20 minutes.

Marcel Koller
Marcel Koller looks concerned on the sidelines Getty Images