Portugal and Austria, two teams that suffered shock results in their opening UEFA Euro 2016 matches, face off in a game that will stream live Saturday, as Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo — generally considered one of the two best players in the world — seeks a measure of redemption after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland.
The opener for Austria produced an even more disastrous result, a 2-0 loss to upstarts Hungary. The two teams had been favored to emerge from Group F rather easily, and into the Round of 16. Instead, Austria sits on the bottom of the group with Portugal just a notch above — while Hungary rules the group with three points.
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As a result, Saturday’s match is a must-win for both teams. A loss for Austria eliminated them from the possibility of advancement. A loss or draw for Portugal would likely mean that Ronaldo and company would need a win over Hungary to advance.
Watch highlights of the stunning 1-1 draw between Iceland — a nation which, with a population barely over 300,000, is the smallest country in the Euro 2016 competition — and Portugal in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Portugal vs. Austria 2016 UEFA Euro Group F match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, on Saturday, June 18.
For fans in the United Kingdom, live stream coverage begins at 8 p.m. In the United States, the match begins streaming at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific.
Ronaldo will also be looking to repair his reputation after being branded a “sore loser” for remarks he made in the wake of the unexpected Iceland draw.
“The way they celebrated at the end was unbelievable. Iceland don’t try to play, they just defend, defend and defend. Then they celebrate like they have won the Euros,” Ronaldo said after the match. “This in my opinion shows a small mentality. They are not going to do anything in this competition.”
The comments, in particular the “small” remark, drew condemnation from fans around the world — and a sharp response from Iceland defender Kari Arnason.
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“His comments are the reason why (Lionel) Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him. You wouldn’t expect Messi to say that. It shows we got under his skin. It was lovely to hear that,” Arnason said.
“It makes it even sweeter when he’s a sore loser like that. He can say whatever he wants. He didn’t really get a chance. He got one and he couldn’t put it away… What can I say? Sore loser.”
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To watch the Portugal Vs. Austria UEFA Euro 2016 Group F showdown stream live, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the match via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries UEFA Euro 2016 Group F match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Portugal Vs. Austria match stream live online. A Spanish-language live stream of the game, Portugal Vs. Austria, is also available via WatchESPN at this link.
A tactical cam live stream view, available without TV provider login credentials, is available from ESPN3 at this link as well.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a livestream of the Portugal Vs. Austria 2016 UEFA Euro Group F match can view the game using BBC iPlayer at this link or use the BBC iPlayer app, which is available on Google Chromecast and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain.
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