Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and became the target in his native Portugal as the country now fears a Euro 2016 failure.
The superstar’s shot crashed against a post, holding the prolific scorer up in his bid to become the first player to score at four European Championship finals. A second group draw means Portugal could struggle to qualify for the last 16.
“Missed” headlined Portugal’s sports daily Record. “No one misses as much as we do,” said the rival A Bola. “Waste: Ronaldo can’t even score a penalty,” was the headline in the popular Correio da Manha.
Ronaldo still set one new record, making his 128th appearance for Portugal on Saturday to overtake Luis Figo. But the Real Madrid superstar will have bitter memories of the night after missing the 79th-minute spot kick.
Austrian goalkeeper Robert Almer went the wrong way, but Ronaldo’s shot came off the post.
“Obviously it was a goal to be the most capped international player, and also to be the national team’s top scorer,” Ronaldo said.
“But obviously I’m a bit sad, because this wasn’t the way I wanted to break this record. The most beautiful way would have been …,” he added shaking his head.
“Obviously it wasn’t something we wanted,” he said of the result. “We had a lot of chances and we did well, but we weren’t able to finish.
“I also missed some chances – a penalty and some other chances. But that’s part of football. We need to continue to believe.”
The 0-0 draw at the Parc des Princes leaves Hungary, who gained a point in a 1-1 draw with Iceland, as the surprise Group F leaders with a game to play. Austria must win their final match to avoid going home.
Portugal sought the reasons for their disappointing performances despite having such talented players.