Ronaldo vows to recover from penalty miss shocker

DEJECTED: Ronaldo says disappointments are part of the game and that good results for Portugal are bound to return.


    Jun 20, 2016

    Ronaldo vows to recover from penalty miss shocker


    PORTUGAL'S Cristiano Ronaldo promised to bounce back from missing from a penalty and the chance to break another goalscoring record at Euro 2016.

    He hit the post from the spot with 11 minutes remaining in a 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday when he was looking to become the first player to score in four separate European Championships.

    Portugal now need to win against Hungary in their final Group F match on Wednesday to be assured of qualifying for the knockout stage.

    "I missed some chances - a penalty and some other chances but that's part of football. We need to continue to believe," said Ronaldo. "The players, we need to think that it's still possible; if we win, we qualify. And also the Portuguese people, the fans who love Portugal, they also have to believe in it.

    "The bad won't last forever so we need to believe that things will go better."

    He has now missed 19 penalties in his storied career on another frustrating night in front of goal after a 1-1 draw with Iceland in Portugal's opening game.

    The Real Madrid star slotted the best chance of the first-half wide and also saw a goal ruled out for offside as Portugal could not turn their pressure and possession into goals.

    However, it was a night of mixed emotions for the 31-year-old as he broke Portuguese legend Luis Figo's appearances record by winning his 128th cap.

    Ronaldo is already Portugal's all-time top scorer with 59 international goals. "It's a reason to be proud, reaching 128 international matches and beating the legendary Figo," added Ronaldo.

    "I know deep down he is also proud of that. Obviously, it was a goal to be the most capped international player, and also to be the national team's top scorer.

    "But obviously I'm a bit sad, because this wasn't the way I wanted to break this record. The most beautiful way would have win, and we couldn't. We drew. So it was not how I envisaged it."

    Meanwhile in Marseille, Iceland's Birkir Savarsson directed the ball into his own net to let Hungary steal a 1-1 draw in their Group F game on Saturday. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute to put Iceland ahead.

    And the Nordic islanders, who brilliantly held Portugal 1-1 in their opening match, seemed to be heading for a famous win until Savarsson's heartbreaking interception of a cross.

    Hungary, who beat Austria in their opening match, play Portugal in their last group game on Wednesday.