Euro 2016: Ronaldo Misses Penalty As Portugal Plays Goalless Again

Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalCristiano Ronaldo missed a 79th minute penalty against Austria as Portugal failed to score for the second game running at the Euro 2016.

The night had started well for Portugal as they created several chances but frustration set with Austria resolute in defending and the Portuguese had to endure miss upon miss.

Cristiano Ronaldo repeatedly tormented Austria’s goal but despite all his efforts on target he could not find a way past goalkeeper Robert Almer.

Portugal remained the dominant side and nearly reaped their reward just before the half-hour, only for Nani’s header from Andre Gomes’ cross to crash back off the post with Joao Moutinho drilling the rebound over.

In the 77th minute, Martin Hinteregger brought down Cristiano Ronaldo in the Austrian box and the Madrid star stepped up to take the resultant penalty. Unbelievably he hit the post.

It was a crucial miss and Austria seemed to suddenly find some attacking belief and Portugal had to struggled to survive nervy moments in the closing minutes.

In spite of the scare though, Ronaldo still managed to put the ball in the net off a free kick in the 84th minute and thought he had saved the day, only for the goal to be correctly ruled out after Cristiano strayed offside.

Portugal missed the opportunity to go top of Group F. They remain third while Austria stay bottom heading into the final round of fixtures on Wednesday afternoon.

Van Persie’s spot-kick sinks unlucky Liverpool

Manchester United earned a much desired victory against a 10-man Reds of Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon as a Robin Van Persie late penalty did the magic for the Red Devils.

Jonjo Shelvey’s sending-off brought down the host’s team to 10 men but still managed to take the lead through Steven Gerrard’s volley seconds after the interval.

Shelvey robbed Ryan Giggs in midfield but as the ball broke free he launched himself at Jonny Evans and the inevitable outcome was a red card.

However, Rafael equalised soon after and Van Persie, one of three United players to miss from the spot this term, scored his fourth goal in as many games against the Reds – although three of those had come for former side Arsenal – nine minutes from time.

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shook hands in a show of unity before the game – the Liverpool forward had refused to shake the United defender’s hand in the league meeting between the sides at Old Trafford in February, having previously been found guilty of racially abusing Evra in the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season.

Second-half substitute Suso, making his Premier League debut three days after his first-team bow in Switzerland, saw his cross half-cleared to Glen Johnson. A tackle from Paul Scholes, on for Nani at half-time, succeeded only in diverting the ball towards Gerrard who volleyed home left-footed in front of the Kop.

It was short-lived, however, as within five minutes United were level when Shinji Kagawa laid the ball off for Rafael to brilliantly curl left-footed over Jose Reina and in off the far post.

Daniel Agger and Johnson collided to allow Antonio Valencia to race 50 yards into the area and although Johnson got back he could only bring down the Ecuador international. Van Persie drilled home – although Reina went the right way and almost made the stop.

Zenit launches £25 Million bid for United’s Nani

Russian Club Zenit St Petersburg has decided to bid for Manchester United winger Nani with a bid of £25 million.

With the Russian transfer window closing Thursday, the Russian club is desperate to have the winger in their kitty this season to be amongst the few big names that have been signed on to the club.

Zenit are also in hot pursuit of to their Joao Moutinho making him the second top target the club is after.

Zenit is filled with so much winning power ahead of the new season as it went on spending spree with the signing of Hulk and Axel Witsel for a combined €80 million, and the club has made known its desire to continue the spending if that will be the solution to get Nani out of Old Trafford and join the club.

The Portugal international has not been having the best of time at Old Trafford talking of playing time due to his poor display against Everton during an EPL game this season as he was later subbed in the game and was not billed to play the next game of Manchester United.

In a quick move, Manchester United acquired Shinji Kagawa who plays the midfield means automatic placement is not sure for Nani and to say the new signing has settled in quickly at the club, this recent move to Russia might be an option that will quite hard for Nani to reject Russia and joining country man Moutinho will also be a thing of joy for the player.

EURO 2012: England can’t make it without Rooney – Nani

Portugal winger and Manchester United forward man, Nani opined that England will not go far into the Euro 2012 tournament not talk of making it out of the group stage as Wayne Rooney is not in the line-up of the three lions.

Rooney got himself suspended after the opening two games in Ukraine as he was red-carded in the qualifying clash when England faced Montenegro in October 2011.

A major headache that is for England Manager Roy Hodgson who is looking at either Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll as possible replacements for the England striker as they prepare to face France  and Sweden on Monday and June 15th respectively.

Rooney teammate at Manchester United expressed his fear that not pitching Wayne Rooney for England will the campaign in EURO 2012 earlier than planned for he is a key player for England that will be missed in the two games and the spate of injuries to key players could mean England will be on an early plane out of Ukraine.

According to the 25 year old Portuguese player, “Rooney is angry about his absence because he knows he’s the man to score goals and he won’t be there working for the team. I sincerely want England to reach the quarter-finals, but it’s not going to be easy”.

He said the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry are vulnerable because they are suffering in all departments of the team as these players are so important for the team and their replacements are not at the same level.

However, England captain Steven Gerard claims the lower expectation levels on his side may actually work in their favour this time around.