PARIS, June 19: There was relief for Austria and joy for those who like to see superstars cut down to size after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and a chance to go into the European Championship record books on Saturday.
Portugal won a spot kick in the 79th minute of their Group F match against Austria. Goalkeeper Robert Almer dived the wrong way but Ronaldo crashed his shot against the post.
The 31-year-old holder of multiple scoring records looked to the heavens in disbelief. He just needs one goal in the tournament to become the first player to score at four European Championship finals.
Minutes later Ronaldo got the ball in the net but was offside. He also had a golden chance in the first half but put his header too close to Almer.
The game ended goalless, Austrian fans were chanting �Messi, Messi� and Ronaldo was already the talk of the Twittersphere when he started to walk off clearly frustrated.� AFP