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Full-time: Portugal 0-0 Austria

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

Nani - who is on the right for the time being - crosses in towards Ronaldo, who leaps like an NBA star and directs the ball goalwards. His effort was saved and he was flagged offside anyway.

Nani fouls Sebastian Proedl
Nani fouls Sebastian Proedl Getty Images

Ricardo Quaresma goes into the book for arguing with the ref about a potential freekick. That was completely unnecessary, because Portugal are in total control for the minute.

Fernando Santos
Fernando Santos on the touchline Getty Images

Nani goes close. Again.

The ex-Manchester United man heads the ball against the post from a left-wing cross. He looks sooooo frustrated, to be honest. I've no idea how it's still 0-0.

Ronaldo shows his frustration
Ronaldo shows his frustration Getty Images

Oh, the tackles are flying in now - perhaps that's Austria's best hope!?

Ronaldo goes down under a heavy challenge and the freekick is awarded to the former World Player of the Year, who has endured a frustrating evening so far.

Ronaldo goes down under pressure
Ronaldo goes down under pressure Getty Images

Moutinho and Andre Gomes are starting to see too much of the ball from an Austrian viewpoint. A goal for Portugal seems inevitable at the moment.

On the flip side, David Alaba has barely had a kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks shocked
Cristiano Ronaldo looks shocked Getty Images

A brilliant move down Portugal's left flank and the ball is laid back to Ronaldo. The record-breaking forward opens his body up and everyone gets ready to cheer... only for Ronaldo to screw his effort wide. No-one can believe it. Ronaldo certainly cannot.

It's not quite one-way traffic in Portugal's favour but it's certainly heading that way. The Portuguese have set up camp on the edge of the box for the time being.

The Portuguese are now starting to exert a certain degree of control in Paris. And a defensive mix-up leads to a corner to Portugal, which Ronaldo powers wide of the post. They're getting closer and closer and closer...

Carvalho wins the ball
Carvalho wins the ball Getty Images

Portugal look like a decent side in possession of the ball, with plenty of their players able to control it under pressure. However, I've got a nagging suspicion that their lack of a top-class centre-forward could be their undoing in this tournament.

Nani and Ronaldo, in particular, are fine attacking players, but they're not used to providing the sort of reference point that a traditional number nine might. Having said that, the same thing is true of a lot sides in this tournament, including the Spanish and the Germans.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Images

Another great chance for Nani, who wriggles free in the area before his goal-bound strike is stopped by the keeper. Portugal are knocking on the door, though, and the former Manchester United man is looking like a real threat.

Portugal go close to scoring
Portugal go close to scoring Getty Images

The Austrian fans are making a lot of noise inside the ground, and their team are giving them something to cheer.

Against our pre-match expectations, perhaps, this is an end-to-end game in the opening minutes. Neither side is holding anything back.

The Austrian team before kick-off
The Austrian team before kick-off Getty Images

End-to-end stuff, this. Portugal's turn to go close: Moutinho's effort is deflected into the air and Nani's header goes wide of the upright.

Interestingly, the former Manchester United man looks to be playing as a centre-forward this evening.

The scene inside the stadium
The scene inside the stadium Getty Images

At the other end, Rui Patrício is left short by a backpass - but just about manages to hack it clear.

Moments later, meanwhile, and Austria spurn a clear-cut chance. Sabitzer swings one in and Harnik is unmarked in the box, but he can't get his header on target.

A really good start to the game, mind you. Let's hope it continues in a similar fashion for the rest of the night.

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

Portugal on the attack immediately. A left-wing cross is aimed at Ronaldo, but the keeper gets there first to punch it behind for a corner. That comes to nothing, though, as the ever-green Ricardo Carvalho hooks it over the bar.

Here we go, then. The teams have emerged from the tunnel and gone through the usual pre-match pageantry. And now we're ready for kick-off.

We're under way in Paris!

A Portugal fan cheers her team
A Portugal fan cheers her team Getty Images

Right, less than ten minutes to go until kick-off now. The Parc des Princes is jam-packed and there is a sea of red inside the stadium.

Paris is bathed in sunshine for one of the first times during the tournament, and the stage is set.

Austrian fans inside the stadium
Austrian fans inside the stadium Getty Images

Nani scored Portugal's only goal in their opening fixture against Iceland. But the real goalscoring responsibility rests with Ronaldo.

Prior to the tournament, the IBTimes UK team considered who might be the top scorer at Euro 2016...

It's set to be an historic night for Portugal's captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. The much-discussed forward will enter the record books again this evening, when he overtakes his former teammate Luis Figo as Portugal's most-capped player of all time.

The former World Player of the Year will hope to cap - if you forgive the pun - the memorable occasion with three much-needed points for his side.

Ronaldo warms up before kick-off
Ronaldo warms up before kick-off Getty Images

Back to more palatable matters, and the Parc des Princes is filling up nicely. It promises to be a very vibrant scene come kick-off time, when the floodlights will be illuminating the home of the current French champions, Paris Saint-German.

Austrian fans before kick-off
Austrian fans before kick-off Getty Images

Earlier today, meanwhile...

Hungary supporters clashed with stewards and riot police inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille before their Euro 2016 match against Iceland.

Fans and stewards clashed after some supporters attempted to climb the fence at the recently-refurbished stadium to join another group of Hungary followers.

Riot police were forced to intervene after fans started throwing punches at officers and the situation was eventually calmed down by the authorities.

The police used pepper spray to get the disturbance under control as another Euro 2016 match was temporarily overshadowed by off-field controversy.

Hungary fans
Hungary fans clash with riot police. Getty

It goes without saying, of course, that Portugal boast a hugely talented squad, brimming with top-class players and potential stars of the future, like Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches.

But their lack of a recognised, established centre-forward and an over-reliance on Ronaldo has proven to be their undoing in recent years.

Will we see anything different tonight, or will this match follow a similar patter? We will find out over the next couple of hours.

A Portugal fan in the stands
A Portugal fan in the stands Getty Images

Breaking team news:

Here we go, then: Ricardo Quaresma starts for the Portuguese this evening, in what is a very attack-minded line-up from the pre-match favourites. Austria also ring the changes.

Prodl comes in for the suspended Dragovic, while Ilsanker replaces the injured Junuzovic and Schöpf comes in for Janko.

The teams are as follows:

The team news should arrive any second now, so stay tuned. It'll be interesting to see if either side has made any changes in light of their disappointing results in their first games...

The Austrian players soak in the atmosphere
The Austrian players soak in the atmosphere Getty Images

As we wait for the team news to dribble through, it's probably worth taking a moment to reflect on Austria's insipid performance in their Group F opener against Hungary.

They came into the tournament as one of the so-called dark horses, but their woeful showing has left them struggling to qualify for the next stage. There's no doubt that an improved showing is needed from them this evening in Paris.

The pre-match scene in Paris
The pre-match scene in Paris Getty Images

In the build up to this match, all of the attention has, unsurprisingly, centred on Cristiano Ronaldo, who slammed Iceland's "small mentality" and accused them of over-celebrating their historic draw with Portugal.

Iceland, a nation with a population of just 330,000, provided a hugely credible performance in their Euro 2016 group F opener against the 2004 finalists. But Ronaldo was not impressed...

"Iceland didn't try anything," he told reporters post-match. "They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counterattack. It was a lucky night for them. We should have three points but we are OK.

"I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end. It was unbelievable. When they don't try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition."

Austria fans before the match in Paris
Austria fans before the match in Paris Getty Images

What the managers say...

Marcel Koller (Austria): "We have to play differently to how we did in the defeat by Hungary. We've analysed it and tried to learn from it, but we need to be more clinical with our chances, play more calmly and be more compact defensively.

"It's the little things that decide games at this level, and you have to do these little things better than your opponents."

David Alaba tries to create an opening
David Alaba is Austria's star man Getty Images

What the managers say...

Fernando Santos (Portugal): "Austria are a very strong team. It's not for nothing that they're in the top ten in the FIFA rankings. Over the last four or five years they have developed and the personnel has mainly stayed the same.

"They're strong in attack and have many players with great qualities and technical ability. They are very different to Iceland."

Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal were frustrated in their opening game Getty Images


Portugal and Austria were shocked in their opening encounters with Iceland and Hungary respectively.

The former were expected to beat the minnows in their opening encounter, but were held to a draw, much to the disappointment of Fernando Santos. The Portuguese will be keen to get back to winning ways and get their campaign back on track.

The Austrians, on the other hand, suffered a shock 2-0 loss at the hands of Hungary. Marcel Koller's side were touted to be one of the dark horses of the tournament, but were desperately poor in their opening game.

The Austrians during a training session
The Austrians during a training session Getty Images

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the final game of the day at Euro 2016, between Portugal and Austria.

Neither of these sides did themselves justice in their opening fixtures against Iceland and Hungary respectively, and will be out to prove a point this evening.

We'll bring you plenty of pre-match build-up, as well as the all-important team news soon, so sit tight...

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo will be seeking his first goal of the tournament tonight Getty Images