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UCL: Why Ronaldo was sent off in Juventus win

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Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in the first half as Juventus defeated Valencia 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League opener on a night which also witnessed a shock 1-2 loss for Manchester City at home to Olympic Lyon.

 

On his UCL debut for Juventus, the 33-year-old former Real Madrid top marksman was given his marching orders midway through the game after his tangle with defender, Jeison Murillo, in the box was deemed an off-the-ball incident worthy of a sending off by the assistant referee behind the goal.

 

The surprising decision was much to the chagrin of a crestfallen and teary Ronaldo who pleaded his innocence to no avail.

 

Juventus should have taken the lead earlier in the game but they missed glit-edged openings through Mario Madzukic and Sami Khedira.

 

Valencia dominated with Juventus down to 10 men but conceded against the run of play on the stroke of halftime. Miralem Pjanic converted from the spot following Daniel Parejo’s foul on Joao Cancelo who was trying to get on the rebound after hitting the bar, handing Juve a 1-0 lead at the break.

 

The midfield playmaker doubled the Italian champions’ lead early in the second half through another penalty conceded by Murillo who brought down Leonardo Bonucci. Valencia could not breach the well drilled Juventus defence which stood firm in the face of pressure, while goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, also made a few crucial saves.

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