UCL: 10-man Juve Beat Valencia Despite Losing Ronaldo
Despite losing their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo just 29 minutes into the game, Juventus held their own on Wednesday night as they opened their Group H campaign with a 2-0 win at Valencia.
Penalties either side of halftime by Miralem Pjanic sealed the points for the visitors as Valencia’s return to European competition after a two-year absence was everything but eventful.
The night was overshadowed by Champions League record scorer Ronaldo’s straight red card for a seemingly harmless tangle in the area with a Valencia defender.
He appeared as stunned as the Mestalla crowd when German referee Felix Brych handed out his punishment.
A penalty miss by Daniel Parejo in stoppage time summed up Valencia’s night.
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