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Portugal held by Austria at Euro16

  • Portugal held by Austria at Euro16

    Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 18, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty and had a late headed effort disallowed as Portugal's future at Euro 2016 looked in jeopardy following a 0-0 draw against Austria in a wide open Group F on Saturday.

Ronaldo won his 128th cap to break the record of Luis Figo, who was watching from the stands, but fired his 79th minute spot kick against the post, having already missed several chances in an entertaining game at the Parc des Princes.

The forward thought he had made amends in the 85th minute by grabbing the winner with a header but it was ruled out for offside.

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Hailed as potentially tough opponents after an impressive qualifying campaign, Austria, ranked 10th in the world, again failed to live up to expectations after a 2-0 defeat by Hungary in their opener.

Hungary top the group with four points after earlier snatching a 1-1 draw against Iceland, who are level with Portugal on two points and ahead of Austria on one.

Portugal, who were knocked out in the first round at the 2014 World Cup, face a tense final match against Hungary while Austria will play Iceland.

Austria had the first clear chance when Martin Harnik headed wide from Marcel Sabitzer's perfect cross from the right.

Portugal, held 1-1 by Iceland in their opener, had three opportunities in the space of three minutes but Nani, Vieirinha and William Carvalho were denied by alert keeper Robert Almer.

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