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Euro 2016: Portugal held by Austria, Belgium boost last 16 hopes as Hungary score late to draw with Iceland

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Euro 2016: Portugal held by Austria, Belgium boost last 16 hopes as Hungary score late to draw with Iceland

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  • Portugal 0-0 Austria
  • Belgium 3-0 Rep. of Ireland
  • Iceland 1-1 Hungary

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a 79th minute penalty as Portugal were held to a goalless draw by Austria in an action-packed game in Paris.

After a host of missed chances from both sides Ronaldo had the chance to win it from the spot but he pinged his shot off the base of the left post.

The second scoreless draw of the tournament has left Group F finely balanced ahead of the final round of matches next week.

The first half was very open and surprisingly goalless with both sides missing decent chances to get in front.

Cristiano Ronaldo and an otherwise unremarkable David Alaba missing the best opportunities to break the deadlock in an action-packed, but frustrating first 45 minutes.

The break through failed to materialize before the teams went back into the dressing room for a re-think.

The second half began with the same intensity.

Portugal keeper Rui Patricio was forced into action one minute after the restart following a stunning, rasping low drive from Stefan Ilsanker.

Ronaldo returned the threat twice in quick succession at the other end.

First with a 30-yard bomb of a shot that Austrian shot-stopper Robert Almer palmed behind.

Ronaldo hung high in the air to greet the resulting corner kick and powerfully head goal bound, but Almer was again up to the challenge.

The Real Madrid star was wrestled to the floor by Martin Hinteregger with portugal awarded a penalty but Ronaldo’s frustrating tournament continued as he flashed it onto the post.

Ronaldo did put the ball into the back of the Austrian net moments later but he was called offside.

Despite a frantic final few minutes neither side were able to win it as both sides were left hunting their first win of the 15th edition of the tournament.

Late drama in Marseille

Hungary added to Euro 2016’s growing list of a last-gasp goals as they came from behind with three minutes left to draw 1-1 with Iceland in Marseille in Group F.

Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored Iceland’s goal from the penalty spot on 39 minutes.

But just as they thought they’d done enough to secure their first win at their first major tournament, Birkir Már Sævarsson bundled into his own net to hand Hungary a share of the points.

Six minutes before the break Iceland were on the scoreboard.

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly failed to properly deal with a ball in from the right and after a scramble in the area Tamas Kadar was judged to have unfairly taken down Aron Gunnarsson.

Sigurdsson confidently stroked the ball past Kiraly to give the smallest footballing nation in the competition a major morale boost before heading down the tunnel for half time.

But a fairytale first victory will have to wait as with 87 minutes on the clock second-half sub Nemanja Nikolic fired a low cross from the left.

Under pressure from the desperate Hungary forwards Saevarsson poked into his own net from a yard out.

It was Iceland’s second 1-1 draw this campaign after holding Portugal to the same scoreline in their opener, while Hungary, making their first appearance at a major tournament for 30 years, now have four points having won their first round match 2-0 against tenth-ranked Austria.

Iceland and Portugal both have two points while Austria prop up the bottom of the table with one point and one round of matches left.

Devilishly too good for Ireland

Belgium boosted their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage following a comprehensive victory over the Republic of Ireland in their penultimate Group E match.

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals either side of an Axel Witsel header to celebrate a 3-0 victory in Bordeaux.

The win leaves Belgium in second place on three points and needing only a draw against Sweden in their final game to guarantee progression to the next phase, while the result also sends Italy through to the last 16 as Group E winners.

Everton’s Lukaku got the Red Devils off to the perfect start on 48 minutes when after being fed by Kevin de Bruyne, he curled in a delightful shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Witsel doubled Belgium’s lead just after the hour mark.

The Zenit Saint Petersburg’s midfielder ghosted into the box to head home a Thomas Meunier in-swinger.

The Game was put to bed just nine minutes later when Lukaku hit his brace of the day.

After beating Ciaran Clark to the ball on the right flank at the half-way line, Eden Hazard stepped on the gas and darted towards, and then into, the area.

He then squared it across to Lukaku, who with bags of time calmly slotted past Darren Randolph from eight yards out to seal what turned out to be a resounding victory over a poor Republic of Ireland.

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