20th September, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo is surely not a happy man this morning.
The Juve star player yesterday got a marching order in his very first match for his new team in the European Champions League Competition in a game that Juventus eventually went on to win 2-0 against Valencia at the Mestalia.
Interestingly, this same Ronaldo was the “beneficiary” of the last red card shown in this competition when he scored from the penalty spot for his former team, Real Madrid against his present team, Juventus in last year’s edition of the Champions League.
In that game, the former goalkeeper of Juventus, Buffon got a red card for protesting against the award of that penalty in question.
Yesterday however, it was Ronaldo’s turn to feel the pain of getting a red card as he was sent off for the very first time in the Champions League on his 154th appearance in the competition. It was so painful the star virtually burst into tears.
As a result of the sending off, Ronaldo is set to miss next month’s home meeting with Young Boys and potentially the much-awaited subsequent trip to former club Manchester United.
Ronaldo was given the red card as a result of the fact that he appeared to pull Valencia defender Jeison Murillo’s hair in an off-the-ball incident.
Following this incidence and its resultanr consequences, the Juventus Manager, Massimiliano Allegri who previously had been opposed to the implementation of the VAR technology, arguing it should not be used for subjective decisions, seems to have suddenly changed his mind on that topic.
The Juve Boss has now endorsed the introduction of VAR to the Champions League following Cristiano Ronaldo’s contentious sending off against Valencia.
The following is what he had to say on the issue:
“I can only say that VAR would have helped the referee in this decision,” Allegri told reporters.
“It is disappointing because we will lose an important player for at least a match.”
The match itself was eventually won by Juventus courtesy Miralem Pjanic’s two penalties. They therefore move into the second position in the group behind leaders, Manchester United who defeated Young Boys 3-0 away in Switzerland.
The Juve manager praised his team’s composure amid a heated atmosphere that came as a result of the red card issue. According to him,
“We were playing very well until Ronaldo’s sending off but we continued to play our football despite that blow and deservedly scored two goals,” he said.
“Playing here was not easy because Valencia attack with this stadium supporting them from the first to the last minute.
“I think the lads did very well, especially because they played good football when we had to do that. We all pulled together as a team when it was the moment to defend these three points.”