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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘couldn’t sleep’ after penalty miss v Austria - Fernando Santos.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘couldn’t sleep’ after penalty miss v Austria - Fernando Santos

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Cristiano Ronaldo endured something of a personal nightmare during Portugal’s 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday night.

The Real Madrid superstar, despite his best effort, simply couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

He had 10 shots, hit the post with a penalty and had a goal disallowed. It was easily one of the most frustrating nights of the 31-year-old’s career.

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After the comments he made about Iceland days earlier, few people sympathised with Ronaldo.

In fact, the majority of football fans - particularly those on social media - found his struggles against Austria more than a little amusing.

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Santos: Ronaldo couldn't sleep

But, needless to say, Ronaldo certainly didn’t see the funny side.

According to Portugal head coach Fernando Santos, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner couldn’t sleep after his nightmare at the Parc des Princes.

"Cristiano hasn't been able to sleep," Santos was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "On Sunday I was one of the first to wake up and he was already awake.”

Santos: Ronaldo will bounce back

However, despite his struggles at Euro 2016, Santos is confident that Ronaldo will be back to his best against Hungary on Wednesday night.

"Cristiano is Portugal captain and we can't expect everything to fall into place at once,” the 61-year-old added. "He's a winner and his experience will help him bounce back.

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"He can go one or two games without scoring but afterwards he comes back scoring five goals, like he has done on other occasions."

Ronaldo hasn't lost confidence in his abilities

Ronaldo tried to hide his immense disappointment by agreeing to take a selfie with a fan who ran onto the pitch after the final whistle.

And it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer is confident of bouncing back in Portugal’s next match.

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"That's football my friend, sometimes nothing goes your way," the prolific forward told Marca after the draw against Austria. "It's just like that thing I said about ketchup right?

"Nothing happens for a while, but soon I will score again - goals and penalties.”

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Topics:
Euro 2016
Real Madrid
Football
Internationals
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal National Football Team

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