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Portugal 0-0 Austria Live! Ronaldo Misses Penalty

PARIS, Sporting Alert – It looks as though Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani will be asked to play as the strikers for Portugal against Austria in Saturday’s Group F battle at the Parc des Princes here in Paris.

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Portugal were disappointing in the 1-1 draw with Iceland in its group opener, especially in front of the goal, despite Ronaldo taking 11 shots, and the group favourites must improve if they are to progress to the knockout stage.

When he starts on Saturday, Ronaldo will become Portugal’s most capped players, improving Luis Figo’s 127 landmark, while the Real Madrid forward is looking to become the first player to score in four successive Euro Championships.

There are lots of expectations on the shoulders of Ronaldo, with many calling for the captain to produce the same way for the national team as he did for his Spanish club.

Ronaldo’s comments after the Iceland draw didn’t sit well with a lot people either, and he must deliver to at least silence the critics. He has six goals in his Euro Championship career.

In team news, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos makes one change from the side that played in the first game, with fit-again winger Ricardo Quaresma coming in for Danilo, who misses out with a back problem.

Ronaldo's comments
Ronaldo’s comments after the Iceland draw

Quaresma came off the bench in the second half against Iceland in midweek.

Meanwhile, Austria coach Marcel Koller made three adjustments from the starting lineup that suffered a 2-0 to Hungary on Tuesday.

English Premier League centre-back Sebastian Prodl, as well as Stefan Ilsanker and striker Marcel Sabitzer coming into the team in for Aleksandar Dragovic, who was sent off against Hungary, Zlatko Junuzovic and Marc Janko.

reply to Ronaldo comments.
Kari Arnason of Iceland reply to Ronaldo comments.

Bayern Munich versatile player David Alaba, will again start in midfield for Austria.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Vieirinha, William Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma.

Austria: Robert Almer, Christian Fuchs, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Ilsanker, Marko Arnautovic, David Alaba, Martin Harnik, Julian Baumgartlinger, Sebastian Proedl, Florian Klein, Marcel Sabitzer.

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