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Ronaldo�s Portugal suffer heartbreak

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PARIS, June 19: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty as Portugal stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Austria while Hungary were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland at the Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Iceland, which looked set to cause another shock by following up its draw against Portugal with a victory over Hungary � only for the tiny Scandinavian nation�s team to concede a late own-goal and finish 1-1 again.

If the Icelanders can at least console themselves with having scored, nothing went right for Ronaldo in a game where he set the Portugal appearance record with his 128th cap.

On a Saturday night just three weeks earlier in Milan he had scored the final penalty of a shootout against Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League final for Real Madrid.

But at the Parc des Princes, Ronaldo slammed his spotkick against the left hand post after sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the 79th minute.

Minutes later, he did find the net with a glancing header, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was stoical about another draw that left Portugal with the threat of an embarrassing exit at the group stage.

�We can�t wallow in our own misery,� Santos said through a translator. �There is a final to play on the 22nd � our first final of these Euros.�

Portugal�s next opponent, Hungary, tops Group F with four points, followed by Iceland and Portugal on two points each. Austria now has one point.

Hungary held to a 1-1 draw

Hungary and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw in the Group F match on Saturday.

After the draw, Iceland are in the second spot with two points from two matches behind Hungary who are leading the Group F points table with four points from two games.

Gylfi Sigurdsson�s first-half penalty gave Iceland the lead that they held until the 87th minute when Birkir Saevarsson diverted a cross from substitute Nemanja Nikolic into his own net, to deny Iceland their first win at a major tournament.

Hungary were good value for their point having applied concerted pressure throughout the second half and they head into their next fixture with Portugal knowing victory will clinch top spot in Group F.

Iceland were impressive in defence to hold Portugal 1-1 in their opener, but the same scoreline will bring much different emotions, having shown great defensive resolve to hang on grimly to the lead they earned just before the break. � Agencies

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Ronaldo�s Portugal suffer heartbreak

PARIS, June 19: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty as Portugal stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Austria while Hungary were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland at the Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Iceland, which looked set to cause another shock by following up its draw against Portugal with a victory over Hungary � only for the tiny Scandinavian nation�s team to concede a late own-goal and finish 1-1 again.

If the Icelanders can at least console themselves with having scored, nothing went right for Ronaldo in a game where he set the Portugal appearance record with his 128th cap.

On a Saturday night just three weeks earlier in Milan he had scored the final penalty of a shootout against Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League final for Real Madrid.

But at the Parc des Princes, Ronaldo slammed his spotkick against the left hand post after sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the 79th minute.

Minutes later, he did find the net with a glancing header, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was stoical about another draw that left Portugal with the threat of an embarrassing exit at the group stage.

�We can�t wallow in our own misery,� Santos said through a translator. �There is a final to play on the 22nd � our first final of these Euros.�

Portugal�s next opponent, Hungary, tops Group F with four points, followed by Iceland and Portugal on two points each. Austria now has one point.

Hungary held to a 1-1 draw

Hungary and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw in the Group F match on Saturday.

After the draw, Iceland are in the second spot with two points from two matches behind Hungary who are leading the Group F points table with four points from two games.

Gylfi Sigurdsson�s first-half penalty gave Iceland the lead that they held until the 87th minute when Birkir Saevarsson diverted a cross from substitute Nemanja Nikolic into his own net, to deny Iceland their first win at a major tournament.

Hungary were good value for their point having applied concerted pressure throughout the second half and they head into their next fixture with Portugal knowing victory will clinch top spot in Group F.

Iceland were impressive in defence to hold Portugal 1-1 in their opener, but the same scoreline will bring much different emotions, having shown great defensive resolve to hang on grimly to the lead they earned just before the break. � Agencies

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