Ronaldo weeps after seeing red on Champions League debut for Juventus

By Daily Sports on September 20, 2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo wept tears of frustration after his Champions League debut for Juventus ended in a sending off against Valencia.

The Portuguese star had made a promising start to Wednesday's game in the Mestella stadium as he set up early opportunities for Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira before tangling in the penalty area with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.

Ronaldo aimed a petulant kick at Colombian Murillo who fell to the ground instantly, with referee Felix Brych having no hesitation in showing him the red card after consulting his assistant official.

Ronaldo, so keen to make an early impression for Juve in the competition, sunk to the ground in disbelief with his head in his hands before trudging off with his eyes welling with tears.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field with tears in his eyes after being sent off during his Champions League debut for Juventus in Valencia.

Despite his dismissal, the Serie A champions won the Group H opener 2-0 thanks to a pair of Miralem Pjanic penalties either side of half time with Valencia seeing a late penalty by Daniel Parejo saved to cap a poor night for the Spanish side.

Ronaldo will miss the next game in the competition against Young Boys and could also be sidelined for both key matches against his old club Manchester United depending on how UEFA views the sending off and his dissent towards the referee.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri lamented the controversial decision. "It's very disappointing, we almost lost because of that and we will be without Ronaldo for the next game.

“VAR (Video Assistant Referee) could have helped the referee make the right decision," he said in barbed reference to lack of video technology in UEFA games.

It was the first time in 154 Champions League games that Ronaldo has seen red, but he has been sent off 11 times previously in his storied career.

After his summer move from Real Madrid, Ronaldo finally scored his first goals for the Old Lady at the weekend and looked set to add to his tally until his ignominious exit.

Manchester United, favored to contest top spot in the group with Juve, overcame a slow start on an artificial pitch in Switzerland to beat Young Boys 3-0 with Paul Pogba starring.

The French World Cup star scored the first with a stunning effort before adding a second from the spot.

Anthony Martial scored the third for Jose Mourinho’s men in a comfortable victory. (CNN)

•Photo shows Cristiano Ronaldo shedding tears after sending off against Valencia

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 20, 2018


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