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Portugal hold Austria

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Grossapach, July 12: The Portugal football team held Austria to a 1-1 draw, thanks to Pedro Empis’ second-half equaliser in the UEFA Under-19 European Championship here. After Italy stunned hosts Germany 1-0 at the curtain raiser earlier on Monday, Portugal and Austria shared the spoils in the second game of Group A as Empis cancelled out Austria’s first-half opener through Arnel Jakupovic. Portugal dictated the pace from the kick-off before Austria halted Portugal’s momentum with 10 minutes into the game. Austria’s Arnel Jakupovic capitalized on Xaver Schlager’s build-up work that dropped off the post, allowing Jakupovic to slot home the opener from close range past Portugal’s custodian Pedro Silva. Emilio Peixe’s men increased their efforts as Diogo Goncalves came close to curl home free kick from the right wing with 20 minutes into the encounter. IANS

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