Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Allegri: Playing without Ronaldo made this an important test for Juventus

Allegri: Playing without Ronaldo made this an important test for Juventus

Ronaldo was given his marching orders for what appeared to be a relatively innocuous coming-together with Juve defender Jeison Murillo.

Still, players took exception with the light tap on Murillo's head, and German referee Felix Brych showed Ronaldo a straight red card.

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) cries next to Juventus' Italian midfielder Federico Bernardeschi after receiving a red card during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Valencia CF and Juventus FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on September 19, 2018.

Juventus will be investigated to determine whether they breached Financial Fair Play regulations after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £99m, according to reports.

Former United teammate Rio Ferdinand was in little doubt about the questionable nature of the decision and anticipated an appeal from Juventus.

'Today the guys played really well, up until the red card we had many balls played towards goal, then we deservedly went ahead and after being up 2-0, as is normal, we gave up some opportunities, ' he told Sky Sports.

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Captain Paul Pogba produced an outstanding performance garnished by two goals to help Manchester United to a resounding 3-0 win at Swiss debutants Young Boys.

Bayern beat Benfica 2-0 in the other game in the group, Robert Lewandowski and Renato Sanches getting the goals.

The Bianconeri have won the Serie A title for the last seven seasons - and the league and Italian Cup double for the past four - but have struggled to transfer that domestic supremacy to the European stage, although they have reached the final twice in the past four editions.

However, his consolation will be that Juventus was cruising to a crushing victory against the Spanish team, despite being reduced to 10 men.

[MarinoPeixoto]Cristiano Ronaldo getting a red card on his European debut for Juventus might not be fair but it certainly is amusing. But Wojciech Szczesny parried Parejo's spot kick, which was awarded after Daniele Rugani was adjudged to have elbowed Gabriel Paulista.

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