No Ronaldo? No Problem For Madrid In Champions League vs Roma

Elena Summers
September 20, 2018

Ronaldo's red card did not affect Juve's performance as they went on to win 2-0 thanks to a penalty brace from midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

After tangling with Ronaldo, Colombian Murillo tumbled to the ground holding his face, and referee Felix Brych consulted with the assistant official beside the goal before giving the competition's all-time record goalscorer his marching orders.

The official gestured to the referee to end Ronaldo's night early, and the Portugal global was forced to leave the pitch in tears.

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.

However, it would seem unlikely that his ban would be extended, with Article 15 of UEFA's regulations stating that bans of more than one game are for offences such as abusive language towards a match official, serious assault or for receiving a caution or red card on objective.

A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief but Allegri maintains he would have avoided a red card if UEFA had opted to approve the use of VAR for Europe's premier club tournament. It was his first red card in 154 Champions League matches.

Ex-Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was dismissed just 29 minutes into his much-anticipated return to Spain following an off-the-ball incident involving Jeison Murillo.


Burnely said the man with the whistle should have taken his time with making the decision and should have given the incident another look on VAR.

Jeison Murillo had gone down in the box after some contact with Ronaldo, and the superstar striker encouraged him to get up with a tap on the head in frustration.

It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will miss the fixtures against United following his red card.

If Ronaldo's behaviour is adjudged to be overly aggressive then UCED could ban Ronaldo for an additional one or two matches.

Juventus host Young Boys next in the competition before two straight games against United, with the first match at Old Trafford on October 23.

Isco curled home a sumptuous 45th-minute free-kick to give the 13-time champions the lead, before Gareth Bale made it three goals in two Champions League matches after his spectacular double in May's final triumph over Liverpool.

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