Cristiano Ronaldo missed from the spot as Portugal were held to a goalless draw by Austria at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night. In the Group F encounter of UEFA Euro 2016, Austria were expected to bounce back from their shock defeat at the hands of Hungary in the opening game, while Portugal were expected to record their first win of the tournament after their 1-1 draw against Iceland in their first match.
Fernando Santos’ side dominated for most parts of the game and recorded six shots on target as against to Austria’s one. However, on the day Ronaldo surpassed Luis Figo to become Portugal’s record cap holder, the 31-year-old put on a listless show as he missed chance after chance to win the game for his side.
Both the Seleccao and Austria will need a win in the final group match to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts alive.
Here is how the players fared during the game:
Rui Patrício – 6/10
Austria recorded just one shot on target and it goes a long way in showing how busy the shot-stopper was. The 28-year-old didn’t have much to do for the entire game, but made a good save when called into action at the start of the second half.
Vieirinha – 6/10
He kept the mercurial Marko Aranautovic at bay for most parts of the game, but was let down by his crossing when Portugal were attacking.
Ricardo Carvalho – 6.5/10
An assured performance from the 38-year-old as he didn’t afford the Austrian players the time and space to really threaten.
Pepe – 6/10
Received his customary yellow card in the 40th minute, but apart from that was a handful alongside Carvalho in attack, stifling the opposition.
Raphael Guerreiro – 7/10
The new Borussia Dortmund man marauded up and down the left flank helping his team nullify the threat of Das Team’s attackers, while also threatening with his crosses.
Ricardo Quaresma – 6.5/10
With his running and bags of trickery the 32-year-old was a nightmare for opposition captain Christian Fuchs. However, he was let down by his final ball.
William Carvalho – 6.5/10
Shielded the back four with aplomb and thwarted anything that came in his way. Was specifically effective in nullifying the threat of Austria’s best player in David Alaba.
João Moutinho – 5.5/10
Struggled to assert his dominance in the middle of the park as the Austrian midfielder were quick to pounce on him. Failed to create anything of note.
André Gomes – 5/10
Gomes was a bright spot in the draw against Iceland, but endured a horrid evening at the Parc des Princes. He was unable to contribute in attack and was withdrawn in the 83rd minute.
Nani – 5.5/10
The former Manchester United man had scored his side’s solitary goal in the tournament opener and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet again as his header cannoned off the post. Was his side’s main attacking threat but missed a couple of opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2/10
He surpassed Figo to make a record 128 appearances for his country, but this was probably his most frustrating one as he spurned chances after chances. Having missed two easy chances in the first half, the Real Madrid forward forced Austrian goalkeeper to make two saves. However, that was not it, as the 31-year-old won a penalty after being brought down inside the box, but crashed his spot-kick against the post, before having a goal correctly ruled out for offside.
João Mário – N/A
Came on to replace Quaresma in the 71st minute, but didn’t make a telling impact.
Eder – N/A
Replaced Gomes in the 83rd minute, but didn’t have enough time to make a significant impact.
Rafa Silva – N/A
Was brought on for Nani in the 89th minute.
Robert Almer – 8/10
The 32-year-old was the Austrian hero of the game as he made a string of impressive saves to ensure that Marcel Koller’s side came out of the match with a point. In one of the best goalkeeping displays of the ongoing tournament the Austria Wien shot-stopper denied Ronaldo and Nani on numerous occasions.
Florian Klein – 6.5/10
Was handed the herculean task of marking Cristiano Ronaldo, but he came out with flying colours as the three-time Ballon d’Or winner was stifled of space.
Sebastian Prödl – 6/10
Came on to replace the suspended Dragovic in the starting line-up and was probably too eager to make an impression on his coach. His decision-making was questionable at times but improved as the game progressed.
Martin Hinteregger – 5/10
For all his solid defending in the first-half, the 23-year-old conceded the penalty for a foul on Ronaldo and if not for the poor afternoon that the striker was having, it could have resulted in a loss for Austria.
Christian Fuchs – 5/10
The Austrian captain struggled to cope up against Quaresma and also didn’t contribute much offensively. Overall a very disappointing game for the Leicester City man.
Stefan Ilsanker – 6/10
Shielded the back four alongside his midfield partner and even forced Patricio into making a good save, but couldn’t dominate the game in midfield.
Julian Baumgartlinger – 6.5/10
Restricted the influence Moutinho and Gomes had on the game despite conceding a few unnecessary free-kicks. Denied the space to Portuguese players to have a telling impact on the game.
Marcel Sabitzer – 5/10
Was handed a starting berth after impressing with his cameo in the first game but couldn’t make the most of his opportunity and had a disappointing game.
David Alaba – 3.5/10
A listless display from the 23-year-old after he was asked to do the playmaking duties for his team. The Bayern Munich man, who is considered one of the most complete players in the game, was largely ineffective and only ever threatened once with a dangerous free-kick.
Marko Arnautovic – 4/10
The Stoke City forward cut a forlorn figure and had minimal impact on the game as he was deprived of the service that he thrives on.
Martin Harnik – 5/10
Threatened with his aerial prowess but couldn’t make the decisive impact in the absence of much support from his teammates.
Alessandro Schöpf – 4.5/10
Came on to replace a struggling Alaba in the 65th minute, but didn’t do anything significant in his 25 minutes on the pitch.
Lukas Hinterseer – N/A
Replaced Sabitzer in the 85th minute, didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
Kevin Wimmer – N/A
Came on to replace Ilsanker in the 87th minute.