Portugal vs Austria (Tactical Report)

Portugal and Austria were easily expected go through to the next round, but now both the teams must win the last game to stay in the hunt.

It seemed as if the footballing gods were against Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real Madrid forward failed to find the back of the net for Portugal. He missed a penalty (see picture) and then had a goal ruled out for offside in a frustrating night for the superstar.

Portugal playing 4-4-2, was again dominant in attack mustering a total 23 shots as compared to just 4 from Austria. Austria playing 4-2-3-1 failed to trouble the Portuguese defence. Surprisingly, David Alaba who is known for his blistering runs down the flank was playing in a No. 10 role behind the striker. He was totally ineffective and was substituted in the 65 th minute.

Portugal kept on raiding the Austrian defence and it seemed just a matter of time before it would score. The game got scrappier as it progressed with both teams giving away cheap fouls. Austria gave away a penalty in the 80th minute as Hinteregger tugged Ronaldo inside the box. Ronaldo stepped up but hit the left upright, missing Portugal’s first penalty at the Euros.

Portugal and Austria were easily expected go through to the next round, but now both the teams must win the last game to stay in the hunt. Austria will have to vastly improve its performance as it will take on a confident Iceland side. Portugal will be hoping that its forwards will finally start scoring when it takes on Hungary.