Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty on his record-breaking 128th Portugal appearance as Fernando Santos’ team were head to a 0-0 draw by Group F rivals Austria at the Parc des Princes Saturday night.
Ronaldo surpassed his country’s cap milestone previously held by Luis Figo, who watching on from the stands, but failed to lead his side to a first victory at Euro 2016 as he hit the post with a spot-kick in the 79th minute before having a headed goal correctly disallowed for offside.
Nani also struck the woodwork with a header in the first half, but Ronaldo was the main culprit as Portugal somehow failed to score despite having 23 shots on goal throughout the 90 minutes.
The Real Madrid superstar won the penalty himself by being fouled by Martin Hinteregger, but missed the target despite sending Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer – who made a string of impressive saves earlier in the game – the wrong way.
Portugal captain Ronaldo was teased by the chants of “Messi” from Austria’s supporters throughout, and there was more agony for him as he had glancing header ruled out with five minutes remaining.
Santos’ side sit third behind Iceland in Group F having scored fewer goals with qualification from the group going down to the wire.