No Ronaldo? No Problem For Madrid In Champions League vs Roma

Sherman Parsons
September 20, 2018

The Portuguese forward, making his Champions League debut for Juve, appeared to grab Valencia defender Jeison Murillo's hair as they tangled off the ball midway through the first half and referee Felix Brych consulted his assistant behind the goal before showing the five-time Champions League victor a straight red card.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) reacts next to teammate Federico Bernardeschi after receiving a red card during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Valencia CF and Juventus FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on 19 September, 2018.

Jacobelli also rounded on Brych for having "invented" a last-minute penalty awarded to Valencia - which home captain Dani Parejo then missed - concluding that the 43-year-old "should be expelled from the Uefa ranks for his shameful handling of the match".

Juventus still went on to win 2-0 at Valencia, thanks to two penalties.

Ronaldo looked baffled and kept protesting his innocence, briefly laying on the ground to express his disbelief.

Cristiano Ronaldo was given a absurd red card just 29 minutes into his Champions League debut with Juventus.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri led calls for the introduction of VAR in the Champions League after the game.

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"You could say he's increased the players' desire to prove themselves", Allegri said.

"Ronaldo will serve a one-match ban but anything more would be harsh".

"What I've said before is that whoever we pick will be a wonderful solution and I have nothing else to add to that", he said.

It was Ronaldo's first sending off in 154 games in the competition and left him in tears.

However, ESPN has been told it is unlikely that Ronaldo will receive any extended ban on top of the automatic one-game suspension.

It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will miss the fixtures against United following his red card. "They played well as long as they had to, until (we were) 2-0 and then we defended with order, leaving them a few shots on goal, but nothing special".

Three-time defending champion Madrid eased to a 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday, with Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scoring from the kind of free kick only Ronaldo got to take in his nine years with the club.

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