Portugal need Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals now more than ever and coach Fernando Santos is “absolutely sure” the forward will break his duck at Euro 2016 during Wednesday’s decider against Hungary.
The Real Madrid star had a frustrating night on Saturday when he missed a penalty and his side were held to a goalless draw by Austria in their second Group F fixture.
The Selecao das Quinas have scored a single goal so far in the tournament, recording a 1-1 draw in their opener against Iceland, and they could not add to their tally in their second match despite sending in 23 shots – six of those on target – as well as hitting the woodwork twice.
However, this is not something which worries Santos, who backed his misfiring striker as he told a press conference: “Ronaldo is a player who scores a lot of goals and I’m absolutely sure he will score in the next game against Hungary.
“It was the first time (against Austria) we failed to score under my reign.
“We created many chances, we didn’t score, but I think we will next time. It doesn’t matter if we play better or ugly football.”
Santos is likely to lose both Andre Gomes and Raphael Guerreiro for the clash in Lyon as they sustained muscular injuries during the weekend stalemate.