People believed that Ronaldo was the missing piece of the jigsaw for Juventus to win the Champions League and this claim might actually be true. But the Portuguese star didn’t have the best of starts to his Champions League career with Juventus as he played just about thirty minutes before he saw a straight red. He appeared to pull at an opponents hair and the referee didn’t think twice in sending him off. Juventus however yet managed to win by two goals to nil, courtesy two penalties. Ronaldo, who was seen leaving the pitch in tears, was convinced it was not a foul that deserved a red card. Juventus manager Allegri too was quick to make a comment about the red card and said that it was unfair to Ronaldo that he was sent off for an offence that he felt didn’t deserve a red card.
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks down after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident against Valencia. 😢
He will miss Manchester United vs Juventus. pic.twitter.com/Q1nCyK3LNz
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He says, that he believes that the VAR should have helped in that situation. “It’s disappointing because now we’ll lose him for a few games and instead if there had been VAR it would have been seen that it wasn’t a sending-off offense. He was upset and he needs time to calm down,” Allegri said. “He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth.”
Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute after a tangle with Jeison Murillo. After Murillo went down inside the area, Ronaldo gestured to his opponent, asking him to get up and get on with the game. He then had his hand on his opponent’s hair and appeared to be tugging it. After a discussion with his assistant behind the goal, the referee decided to send Ronaldo off, handing him a straight red.
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Even with 10 men, Juventus eased to victory against a Valencia side that looked largely average. Pjanic converted from the spot coolly and gave Juventus a two-goal advantage in a game where all the limelight was on Ronaldo’s sending off. Juventus has won Europe’s premier club competition twice but the last time was in 1996. It has lost five finals since then and hoped that signing Ronaldo, who has won the competition five times, it could go one step further.