Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Champions League game

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts after his red card during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts after his red card during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons against Valencia as the man usually grabbing the goals in the Champions League was shown a straight red card after an off-the-ball incident with defender Jeison Murillo in the penalty box.

While Ronaldo's presence has raised hopes Juve can end their 22-year wait for European success, the Bianconeri demonstrated they can still prosper without him as Pjanic's spot-kicks either side of half-time secured a hard-earned three points on the road.

Ronaldo looked baffled and kept professing his innocence, sitting down on the pitch in disbelief.

33-year-old Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer and scored his first two competitive goals for his new club in a league victory over Sassuolo last weekend.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted Ronaldo should not have been sent off and lamented the fact that the video assistant referee (VAR) has yet to be introduced into the Champions League - as it has been in Serie A.

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't hide his devastation after he was sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus on Wednesday and his detractors have been quick to make the most of his misery. "It's disappointing because now we'll lose him for a few games and instead if there had been VAR it would have been seen that it wasn't a sending-off offence".

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"He was upset and he needs time to calm down", Allegri said.

Ronaldo started brightly, with an ambitious shot from distance, and then had a hand in teeing up two glorious chances, crossing for Federico Bernardeschi to set up Sami Khedira, before misfiring into the path of Mario Mandzukic six yards out.

"It's obvious that the penalties have impacted us", Marcelino said.

Ramos, 32, passes former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes as the most cautioned player in the competition and also holds the record for the most yellow cards in a single Champions League campaign, picking up five bookings in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.

The Italian club could appeal the red card decision.

Valencia probed but even when Daniele Rugani collided with Gabriel for a third penalty, Parejo's shot was saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

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