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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