Fonte: Portugal looking to punish wounded Austria

The defender acknowledges his side may have the advantage going into their next game following their opponents' defeat against Hungary, but insists it is only a slender one

Portugal are determined to respond to their draw with Iceland by inflicting a second defeat on under-pressure Austria at Euro 2016, according to Jose Fonte.

Fernando Santos' side were held to a 1-1 draw by the tournament debutants in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday, whereas Austria – considered by some as darkhorses to win the European Championship – suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to their improved neighbours Hungary in Bordeaux. 

And asked if the reverse suffered by Austria would prove to be an advantage to Portugal when the teams clash in Paris on Saturday, Fonte acknowledged the idea but insisted it is only a slender one and is anticipating a tough game.

Speaking ahead of the game, Fonte said: "Possibly. But they will want to win as well. They have to win after their defeat.

"It will be an extremely tough game. They have good players, they won, if I'm not wrong, nine games in their qualification group. We know their strengths as well. We know it's going to be tough game but we'll be ready for them."

Ricardo Carvalho meanwhile believes the onus is on Portugal to improve after a frustrating outcome against one of the competition's relative minnows in the shape of Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

"I think we have to look to ourselves," he said.

"We have to do our best to go through. It depends more on us than them [Austria]. Of course you respect everyone but ... it's important to be prepared for the next game, because after a draw it's important to win."

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure after the opening game, before directing a jibe at what he considered to be Iceland's "small mentality" following their jubilant celebrations after full time.

But the star forward insisted his nation remain well placed to progress to the round of 16, an assessment echoed by Southampton defender Fonte.

"We didn't lose, we can't be too down," Fonte added.

"And when we win, we can't be too [up] in the clouds. It's about being balanced. We know we could have got the three points. We didn't, but we still have two games to get the qualification that we want. 

"We are disappointed but we need to take the positives, analyse where we were not so good and put it right in the next game. We need to focus on Austria and try to put it right in that one."

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