Cristiano Ronaldo left the field in tears after questionable red card

Ruben Hill
September 20, 2018

'The red card? I can only say that VAR would have helped the referee with his decision, because to remain a man down from the 29th minute, in a Champions League match, for a doubtful episode is displeasing.

Barely six minutes after after the resumption of the second half, Pjanic doubled his side via penalty after Jeison Murillo was booked for pushing Leonardo Bonucci in the danger zone.

Allegri expressed his delight with the performance of his team, with Miralem Pjanic's two penalties proving the difference in a 2-0 win over Valencia.

However, there is - of course - an appeals system and the question must be asked: 'was Ronaldo correctly dismissed?'

After Murillo went down inside the area, the Portugal forward gestured for his opponent to get up, then put his hand on the defender's head and appeared to tug his hair.

Little matter, as the decision stood and Ronaldo walked back to the dressing room with tears in his eyes, visibly shaken.

The Italian champions will host Swiss side Young Boys in their next group game at the Allianz Arena on October 2 as they now rank second on Group H table behind Manchester United - but on the same points.

However, his first red card in the competition he loves only seemed to galvanise the Italian champions, who evidently have lost none of the quality and strength of character that took them to the final twice in the last four seasons. It is the competition that Ronaldo describes as "my home", the one that he was signed to win.

"But Juventus have showed great character in getting a fantastic result, and I expect him to play in both games against Manchester United".

Valencia threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, and they were awarded a penalty late on but Parejo saw his spot-kick saved by Wojciech Szczęsny as Juve ran out 2-0 winners on the night.

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