Ronaldo sent off in first Champions League game with Juventus

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Ronaldo's Champions League debut for Juventus lasted less than half an hour as the Portuguese star was red-carded after a collision with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.

Fired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane's last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season's Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1. The straight red means Ronaldo would miss Juventus' trip to Manchester United, where he spent six seasons from 2003 to 2009 and blossomed into one of the world's best players, on Matchday 3 on October 23. Its next Champions League match is at home against Young Boys, which Massimiliano Allegri's squad should have no trouble handling in Turin. "It's disappointing because now we'll lose him for a few games and instead if there had been VAR it would have been seen that it wasn't a sending-off offence".

"You could say he's increased the players' desire to prove themselves", Allegri said. "He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth". His place was taken by Ronaldo at the time.

"We are not prepared to compete consistently with teams at this level", Valencia head coach Marcelino said.

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Lionel Messi told Catalunya Radio earlier this month: "I was surprised, I didn't imagine him leaving Madrid or that he would go to Juve". 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. It is the competition that Ronaldo describes as "my home", the one that he was signed to win.

"Last year they reached the semi-finals, nearly got to the final, we have to value the match we have played", Casemiro added.

Parejo stepped up but Wojciech Szczesny saved his spot-kick to sum up the Spanish side's frustrating evening.

Despite the numerical advantage, Valencia posed little threat going forward but nearly grabbed a consolation in stoppage time when it was given a penalty of its own.

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