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Ronaldo misses penalty in Portugal’s draw

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PARIS — Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and Portugal settled for a second straight draw at Euro 2016 as their Group F game against Austria finished goalless.

The Real Madrid star stepped up to take the penalty in the 79th minute after Martin Hinteregger hauled him down in the box, but the Real Madrid star struck the post.

As goalkeeper Robert Almer dived to his left, Ronaldo struck the spotkick in the opposite direction but it crashed against the post.

Portugal took 23 shots but could find no joy against Austria, who earned their first point following an opening defeat to Hungary.

Ronaldo was repeatedly denied by Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer, and all eyes were on him at the penalty spot after Hinteregger’s foul, which came as he tried to prevent Ronaldo from reaching a cross near the six-yard box.

But the post denied Ronaldo from becoming the first player to score in four different European Championships, as did the offside flag in the 85th minute after Ronaldo had headed on a free kick into the back of the net.

Earlier in Group F, a late Birkir Mar Saevarsson own goal denied Iceland a first-ever victory at a major tournament as Hungary stayed top with a 1-1 draw in Marseille.

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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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