Juventus kicked off their Champions League journey with a 2-0 win against Valencia but the enthusiasm was overshadowed by a much controversial red card for Ronaldo. Sadly, Ronaldo’s Champions League stint for Juventus lasted for less than half an hour after a collision with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.
After getting coiled up with Ronaldo, Columbian Murillo tumbled to the ground, holding his face after which Ronaldo grab him by his hairs or simply held hand on his hand, this led to heated argument between the two. Refree Felix Brych consulted with the assistant official beside the goal before giving the league’s all time scorer his marching orders.
When asked, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri blamed the lack of video technology in UEFA tournaments. “The only thing I can say is that VAR could have helped the referee make the right decision,” said Allegri. He shared his disappointment of being almost lost and that Juventus will have to deal without Ronaldo for the next match.
Spectators and fans were on the note that Juventus can be dominated easily after Ronaldo’s dismissal, were awarded with two penalties within six minutes after the half time, and Miralem Pjanic confidently dispatched them both into the net.
Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, played a pivotal role in winning as he saved a Daniel Parejo spot-kick in the final minute of the injury minute.
As the decision still awaits, Juventus will have to play without Ronaldo for couple of matches, which may prove some disadvantages but can help the team to build up again so as to survive in these situations as they cannot be completely relied on CR7 unlike Real Madrid.