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Valencia 0-2 Juventus: Valencia fall to defeat despite Ronaldo red

Valencia 0-2 Juventus: Valencia fall to defeat despite Ronaldo red

Marcelino’s Champions League debut got off to a terrible start when his Valencia side’s return was spoiled by a Miralem Pjanic penalty double whilst Cristiano Ronaldo saw red.

The playmaker twice dispatched from twelve yards out to help his side over the line despite a late Daniel Parejo penalty miss after going down to ten men.

Los Che captain Parejo was the guilty party for the first penalty after making a clumsy challenge and brought down his opponent just before half-time. Midfielder, Pjanic was on hand to dispatch the penalty into the bottom right corner past the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Neto.

Just after the break, the Bosnia & Herzegovina international completed the second of his two penalties after Jeison Murillo, who was involved in the Ronaldo red card, brought down Bernardeschi after pulling away at his shirt.

Ronaldo was sent off after pulling the hair of Murillo after the forward showed his disappointment when the defender went down without contact his own box. The Portuguese international is set to miss the next three games including a return to Old Trafford to face Manchester United pending any appeals.

Michy Batshuayi had the home side’s best chance of the first half as his mazy solo run was thwarted by Wojciech Szczesny who made a fabulous save.

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The visitors continued their domination of chances in the first half when striker Mario Mandzukic blazed over the bar from inside the box before Sami Khedira latched on to a pass inside the box to the same result..

Juve continued to apply the pressure but for Neto to make another sensational save. Federico Bernadeschi picked up a loose rebound in the box but his effort failed to nestle in the back of the net.

Moments before Pjanic’s penalty, right-back Joao Cancelo had the Italian side’s best chance when his effort rattled the bar from mid-range.

Other than Ronaldo’s red card, the further bad news for manager Massilimo Allegri was that key defensive midfielder Sami Khedira limped off with a groin injury after 23 minutes.

The Bats continued to plug away at the Juventus goal throughout the second half despite conceding a goal so early in the half.

New signing, Gonçalo Guedes went close when he rose above his marking defender but hit it straight into the keeper’s arms before Carlos Soler went close from the edge of the box just after the hour mark when his ferocious strike was tipped around the corner by the keeper. The Spanish international went close again from range when his shot dipped towards the bottom left corner was once again kept out by the keeper.

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Another new signing, Kevin Gameiro who had come off the bench should have grabbed one back for the home side when he whipped his effort over bar after he had latched onto a rebound from a goalmouth scramble.

Deep into six minutes of stoppage time, there was further drama when defender Daniele Rugani’s reckless foul handed Valencia a penalty however the resulting spot kick was saved by Szczesny diving to save from his right post.

The other game in the group saw Manchester United win 3-0 on the plastic pitch of Young Boys in Switzerland.

Valencia: Neto; Vezo (Cheryshev, 57), Gabriel, Murillo, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Wass, Guedes (Mina, 70); Batshuayi (Gameiro, 70), Rodrigo

Juventus: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Khedira (Can, 23), Pjanic (Costa, 66)(Rugani, 89), Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Ronaldo (29)

Next fixtures:

Manchester United v Valencia – K.O. 20:00 GMT
Juventus v Young Boys – K.O. 17.55 GMT

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