It was supposed to have been an easy match for Portugal against Austria, but instead, it turned out to be a tough scoreless match last evening at the Parc des Princes. It was supposed to have been Cristiano Ronaldo’s special night. He broke Luis Figo’s record of most appearances for Portugal at 128, and had he scored, he would’ve been the first player to score at 4 European Championship, but things didn’t turned out that way. It was an evening the Portuguese might want to forget.
As early as the first minute, Portugal could’ve gone ahead through Ricardo Carvalho had he not missed the target. Two minutes later, Harnik missed his target at the other end of the field. In the 12th minute Nani was in, but Almer stops him. Vierinha has a go on the rebound, but Almer came up big again. Cristiano completely missed the target in the 21st minute and in the 29th minute, Almer came up BIG on Nani’s header. In the 34th minute, Ronaldo bullets a header right at goal, but Almer the wall was ready.
The second half fared no better for Portugal.
Ronaldo could only look on helplessly as his free kick hit the wall in the 48th minute. In the 54th minute, his driving effort was saved by Almer. In the 64th minute, his free kick evaded the intended target and flew over the goal. In the 77th minute Portugal was awarded a penalty, but Ronaldo missed it somehow.
In the 85th minute he managed to get the ball in the back of the net, but it the goal was disallowed. When the whistle blew for fulltime and the score was 0-0, the Portuguese team looked sorrowful. Ronaldo should’ve converted that penalty, should’ve scored at least two of the chances he had, but this happens sometimes and this is how football can be unpredictable. The best don’t always win or come up back.
The man of the match for me was Austria’s goalie, Robert Almer, but the official MOTM award went to JoãoMoutinho.