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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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