Champions League - Group H

Valencia 0-2 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo sent off but Italians still win

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the first time in 154 Champions League games

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

The Portuguese forward, making his Champions League debut for Juve, appeared to grab Valencia defender Jeison Murillo's hair as they tangled off the ball midway through the first half and referee Felix Brych consulted his assistant behind the goal before showing the five-time Champions League winner a straight red card.

Ten-man Juve rallied and took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Miralem Pjanic scored from the penalty spot, and shortly after the break, the Bosnian midfielder stroked home another spot-kick.

Valencia were then awarded a penalty in stoppage time but Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Daniel Parejo to preserve the Italians' clean sheet.

Tears for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League in four of the past five seasons

It was an unhappy return to Spain for Ronaldo, who moved to Juve from Real Madrid for £99.2m in the summer.

His influence on the game was growing when he tried to latch onto a cross and was blocked off by a tumbling Murillo. He gesticulated to Murillo to get up and appeared to pull the defender's hair before turning away in frustration.

Amid a hostile atmosphere, opposing players clashed in the box and the referee spoke with his assistant at length before producing a red card.

The Champions League's record goalscorer was visibly furious, protesting his innocence but finally leaving the pitch in tears.

It was his first sending off in 154 Champions League appearances and he now faces at least a one-game ban.

Never write off Juventus

Juventus have won Serie A seven years in a row and they used all their experience to silence the raucous Valencia fans and close out the win.

Manager Massimo Allegri signed Ronaldo to help make the difference in this competition but they were comfortable even without their big summer signing.

They should have been ahead before Ronaldo's sending off and finally pulled in front with Pjanic's first penalty shortly before half-time after Parejo fouled Joao Cancelo in the box.

Miralem Pjanic scores a penalty for Juventus
Pjanic is the first player to score two penalties in the same Champions League match since Ronaldo for Real Madrid in September 2015

In the second half, Murillo wrestled Leonardo Bonucci to the ground from a corner and Pjanic stepped up to beat goalkeeper Neto once more.

Although Valencia were handed a penalty in injury time after late substitute Daniele Rugani fouled Gabriel, Parejo's weak effort was saved by Szczesny.

On this evidence, the Italian champions look a good bet for another strong campaign after reaching the 2016-17 final.

Their defensive resilience is unparalleled and they once again demonstrated their uncanny ability to grind out a result.

Once Ronaldo is up and running, they will be well placed to chase a first Champions League title since 1996.

Another red card for Juve - match stats

  • Juventus have received 26 red cards in the Champions League, at least seven more than any other side in the competition.
  • Juve have received a red card in three straight Champions League matches (three reds in total) for the second time in the club's history, having also done so between October 2000 and September 2001 (five reds in total).
  • They have also won their opening match to a Champions League campaign for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign (2-1 v Manchester City), drawing one and losing one of their last two such games.
  • Following a run of nine home Champions League matches without defeat (W6 D3), Valencia have now lost four of their last five such games, conceding 10 goals.

What's next?

Valencia face Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday (15:15 BST), before Juventus go to Serie A new boys Frosinone Calcio (19:30 BST).

Valencia visit Manchester United in their next Champions League game while a Ronaldo-less Juventus host Young Boys, with both fixtures on Tuesday, 2 October (20:00 BST).



Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 3Nunes VezoBooked at 54minsSubstituted forCheryshevat 57'minutes
  • 5Gabriel
  • 4MurilloBooked at 49mins
  • 14Gayá
  • 8Soler
  • 10ParejoBooked at 43mins
  • 18Wass
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 70'minutes
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forGameiroat 70'minutes


  • 1Doménech
  • 9Gameiro
  • 11Cheryshev
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 20Torres
  • 21Piccini
  • 22Mina Lorenzo


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1SzczesnyBooked at 81mins
  • 20Cancelo
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 59mins
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forCanat 23'minutes
  • 5PjanicSubstituted forDouglas Costaat 67'minutesSubstituted forRuganiat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Matuidi
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 29mins


  • 4Benatia
  • 10Dybala
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 22Perin
  • 23Can
  • 24Rugani
Dr. Felix Brych

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamJuventus
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia 0, Juventus 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia 0, Juventus 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Leonardo Bonucci.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Denis Cheryshev (Valencia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Penalty saved! Daniel Parejo (Valencia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Booking

    Daniele Rugani (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Penalty Valencia. Gabriel draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Daniele Rugani (Juventus) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Federico Bernardeschi.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carlos Soler (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Moreno.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Wass with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Gabriel (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Denis Cheryshev (Valencia).

  15. Post update

    Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santi Mina.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Daniele Rugani replaces Douglas Costa because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Douglas Costa (Juventus) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid11002113
2B Dortmund11001013
4Club Bruges100101-10


2Inter Milan11002113
4PSV Eindhoven100104-40


2Red Star Belgrade10100001


2FC Porto10101101
4Lokomotiv Moscow100103-30


2Bayern Munich11002023
4AEK Athens100103-30


3Shakhtar Donetsk10102201
4Man City100112-10


1Real Madrid11003033
2CSKA Moscow10102201
3Viktoria Plzen10102201


1Man Utd11003033
4Young Boys100103-30
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