Juventus star Ronaldo could avoid extended ban after Valencia red

Mariano Diaz Real Madrid Roma

It was a forgettable bow for Ronaldo, who was shown a straight red card following an inconspicuous coming together with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in an off-the-ball incident, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor left in tears after his dismissal.

It was a very emotional moment for Ronaldo as his Champions League debut for Juventus ended in acrimonious fashion.

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

But Juventus, who had totally dominated until Ronaldo's dismissal, were awarded two penalties within six minutes either side of half-time, and Miralem Pjanic confidently dispatched them both.

Ronaldo's first send off in 154 Champions League appearances sparked reaction from across the world from pundits and fans alike, with most commentators miffed over the referee's ruling, failing to understand how the official thought the clash with Murillo was bad enough to warrant send off without giving Ronaldo a warning first.

Ronaldo was dismissed in the 29th minute of Juve's match at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling with Jeison Murillo.

A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief but Allegri maintains he would have avoided a red card if UEFA had opted to approve the use of VAR for Europe's premier club tournament.

"You could say he's increased the players' desire to prove themselves", Allegri said.

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Valencia manager Marcelino admitted that he did not see what had happened, but said the Portuguese insisted he did not do anything to be sent off.

"I would say that it was the ideal match".

There was a third penalty in stoppage-time, but Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Daniel Parejo's kick to preserve the 2-0 win.

Naturally, the incident gave many a chance to compare Ronaldo with great rival Lionel Messi, who scored a hat-trick against PSV on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo's first opportunity to redeem himself after the red card will come on Sunday, when Juventus visit Frosinone in Serie A.

Just before halftime, Joao Cancelo hit the crossbar with a shot and was then fouled by a high boot to the face while chasing the rebound.

"Going down to 10 men in the Champions League for an incident like that is disappointing".

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