Juventus wins match with 10 men
RONALDO was sent off for Juventus on his Champions League debut for the club against Valencia yesterday. This means he will probably miss both European trips against former club, Manchester United, including the Old Trafford tie.
The 33-year-old was given the marching orders after an off-the-ball incident involving Valencia defender, Jeison Murillo, after a darting run into the box as an attack was building, the ex-Real Madrid striker was involved in a coming-together with the Colombian ace when the former Inter Milan defender went down, and Ronaldo reacted angrily – appearing to grab his hair, sparking a mini-brawl.
Referee Felix Brych, did not hesitate in bringing out the red card to mark an end to Ronaldo’s night after 28 minutes. The old ladies began their Group H campaign impressively with a 2-0 victory at Valencia on Wednesday.
Penalties either side of half-time by Miralem Pjanic sealed the points for the visitors as Valencia’s return to European competition after a two-year absence fell flat. Juventus had been the better side before that with Joao Cancelo having an effort turned on to the woodwork by Valencia keeper, Neto and Sami Khedira also wasted a good chance for the Italian champions.
On the stroke of half-time, Daniel Parejo’s reckless challenge on Cancelo earned him a booking and gave Pjanic the chance to send 10-man Juventus into the interval ahead.
Five minutes after the break, the home crowd fell silent when Jeison Murillo pushed Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci in the back and Brych pointed to the spot again.
Once again, Neto guessed right but Pjanic’s penalty was placed into the corner. Valencia dominated possession after that but Juventus’s well-drilled defence held firm until stoppage-time when Brych awarded the third penalty of the game.
Parejo stepped up but Wojciech Szczesny saved his spot-kick to sum up the Spanish side’s frustrating evening