Ronaldo sent off on Champions League debut for Juve

Florence Fletcher
September 20, 2018

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu agrees with Barcelona star Lionel Messi that the Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, will help them win the Champions League.

An off-the-ball collision with Valencia defender Murillo prompted the referee, Felix Brych, to brandish a red card and send Ronaldo off after just 28 minutes. Ronaldo was being tracked by Murillo in the penalty box and aimed a small kick at his opponent as they tussled. Ronaldo seemed to take exception to that, verbally confronting him while he was sitting on the ground, before patting him on the head.

Now, the pressure of trying to break this wretched run has seemingly fallen nearly entirely on the shoulders of Juve's new superstar: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo looked baffled and kept professing his innocence, sitting down on the pitch in disbelief. Ronaldo will presumably appeal his red card to the UEFA. Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia consoled him as he left the field.

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Nine years and four European Cups later, Real will now play their first game in the competition since Ronaldo departed for Juventus.

It was the 11th red card of his career, but his first in 154 Champions League matches.

Despite going a man down Juventus went on to win 2-0.

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