Portugal are still searching for their first win of Euro 2016 after they were held by Austria in Group F.
Fernando Santos’ side drew with Iceland in their opener on Tuesday, while the Austrians were hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hungary.
It was an action-packed game, the Portuguese having over 20 shots once again but they could not find the breakthrough.
Nani hit the post with a first-half header, while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net with a number of chances – the Real Madrid forward missing a penalty in the second half before having a header ruled out for offside on his record-breaking 128th appearance.
A goal for the Portuguese forward would make him the first player to score at four European Championship finals – but he could be pipped to the achievement by Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It was an exciting start to the match at Parc des Princes, the Austrians very nearly taking the lead after four minutes. Marcel Sabitzer lost Pepe in the box to meet Martin Harnik’s cross, heading it wide when he should really have been hitting the target.
Robert Almer was in for a busy night and he was called into his first piece of action on 12 minutes, first stopping Vieirinha’s deflected shot before making an excellent save to deny Nani in a one-on-one.
Ronaldo had a relatively quiet half and he was furious with himself after missing a great chance for Santos’ side, meeting Nani’s cross from the left, letting the ball run across his body and side-footing the ball past the near post from eight yards.
On the half hour Nani – recently linked with a return to Manchester United – headed a cross against the post, Portugal’s best chance of the half and the rebound was smashed over from 20 yards by Andre Gomes – another reported target for United and Chelsea.
Austria continued to look dangerous on the attack, Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba marauding forward and he was fouled on the edge of the area on the right-hand side. The angle for the resulting free-kick was too acute to shoot from and the resulting cross fizzed across goal, Vieirinha eventually heading it clear off the line.
As Ronaldo operated in a wider position early in the second half with Nani central, the Real Madrid legend sent a 25-yard, left-footed drive towards goal – Almer saving again. From the following corner, the 31-year-old headed on target but it was straight at the ever-present goalkeeper.
Portugal piled on the pressure after the break, Ronaldo failing to hit the target with a couple of trademark free-kicks.
The star man was then fouled in the area by Martin Hinteregger and he stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, with the continent expecting him to set the record ahead of Man Utd-bound Ibrahimovic. But he dragged it wide from 12 yards, rattling the frame of the goal.
The Madrid man soon started celebrating as he finally headed past Almer, but this time he was denied by the flag. It was not his day and not Portugal’s, as Austria settled for a hard-earned point ahead of their final group match with Iceland
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