Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Champions League game

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Champions League game

Cristiano Ronaldo's first post-Real Madrid Champions League campaign got off to a pretty awful start.

A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially sent off as Juventus claimed a hard-fought win at Valencia.

Rather than telling the two grown men to stop acting like four-year-olds and let play continue, referee Felix Brych got all puffed up and marched over to administer a straight red card to Ronaldo.

The 33-year-old was dismissed following a clash with Jeison Murillo in the penalty area. "He's very professional and always wants to win, even in the training games", Ozil added.

The Italian champions defended well thereafter to keep the hosts at arm's length, although Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny did save a Daniel Parejo spot-kick in the final minute of injury-time.

While Ronaldo's ban could end up only being one game, UEFA could choose to extend it as a result, and a three-game ban would see the Portuguese star also miss United's trip to Turin on November 7.

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Ronaldo flopped to the ground in disbelief before leaving the pitch in tears.

But the striker, who had scored in each of his last five appearances in the Champions League, did not hold the ball up for his side, which was surely the minimum expected of him by coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join Italian champions Juventus in a staggering £88m deal after club's President Andrea Agnelli traveled to Greece to convince him to join the Turin side.

Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0.

The Spain defender's dubious record aside, it was a spectacular start to the three-time defending champions title defence, with Gareth Bale, Isco and returnee Mariano all scoring, the latter's tally his first-ever in the Champions League.

Skipper Pogba struck to cut down the Swiss champions in their prime before he then doubled United's lead from a penalty just before the break.

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