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Euro 2016: Portugal v Austria preview

The second round of Group stage matches concludes with Portugal taking on Austria in Group F at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night.

Both sides are looking for their first win in the tournament. The two sides have not met since a 1-1 draw in 1995.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo threw a temper tantrum following his side’s shock 1-1 draw with Iceland. The Real Madrid forward stormed off the field without shaking any opposition players’ hands before bad-mouthing his opponents in a post-match press conference.

Nani opened the scoring in the first half after poking in Andre Gomes’ cross, but for all their domination, Portugal couldn’t find a second goal. They were made to pay when a lapse in concentration lead to Bjarnason’s equaliser. One positive was the performance of midfielder Andre Gomes, who impressed with his passing and movement. 18-year-old Renato Sanches became Portugal’s youngest ever player at a major tournament after coming off the bench.

Austria were outplayed in their 2-0 defeat to Hungary, despite being classed as the group’s “dark horses”

Austria coach Marcel Koller was honest in his assessment of his side’s performance. “I’ve watched it again and it wasn’t our best game,” he told a press conference. “We had six or seven good chances, while Hungary had four and scored twice, and when you take your chances, it’s decisive.

“Our combination play also wasn’t good enough, which made it harder going forward, and for that reason we lost the game. Now what counts is standing up again, because we still have two games left. We have to clear our heads and get back on our feet so that we can be successful in the next game,” he added.

Both sides will be hoping for major improvements in the upcoming match. Austria will be without the suspended defender Aleksandar Dragovic after he his sending off against Hungary.

Portugal predicted line up

Portugal v Austria: Euro 2016 preview, line ups & predictions

Austria predicted line up

Portugal v Austria: Euro 2016 preview, line ups & predictions

 

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