UEFA Champions League match report Valencia v Juventus 19 September 2018

  • UEFA Champions League match report Valencia v Juventus 19 September 2018

UEFA Champions League match report Valencia v Juventus 19 September 2018

Though television replays were initially inconclusive, BT Sport at half time showed the incident form a different angle where Ronaldo was seen pulling the hair of Murillo before referee Felix Brych handed the Portuguese a straight red card.

Ronaldo flopped to the ground in disbelief before leaving the pitch in tears. Ronaldo was being tracked by Murillo in the penalty box and aimed a small kick at his opponent.

Juventus hosts Young Boys next in the competition before two straight games against United, with the first match in England on October 23.

Rio Ferdinand was one of many to react to the decision, tweeting that Ronaldo should appeal and also discussing the episode during his duties as a pundit.

This marks the first red card for Cristiano Ronaldo in 154 Champions League appearances.

Ronaldo's departure made little difference to the reigning Italian champions though, as his teammates went on to record a 2-0 victory in Spain.

This effectively rules him out of the trip to Manchester United next month.

Midfielder Pjanic picked out the bottom right corner and Allegri's men held on for a winning start in Group H, though not without a late twist to an action-packed tale as Wojciech Szczesny saved a contentiously awarded Parejo penalty in stoppage time.

The win, however, took a backseat to the drama that unfolded in the first half.

City earned themselves a lifeline through Bernardo Silva, who produced a smart finish after a superb jinking run from substitute Leroy Sane.

In Group F, Shakhtar Donetsk twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hoffenheim, who scored goals through Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit.

Real Madrid got their title defence off to a strong start by convincingly beating Roma 3-0 at home.