Juventus star Ronaldo could avoid extended ban after Valencia red

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Valencia: Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday.

Jacobelli also rounded on Brych for having "invented" a last-minute penalty awarded to Valencia - which home captain Dani Parejo then missed - concluding that the 43-year-old "should be expelled from the Uefa ranks for his shameful handling of the match".

Juventus still won 2-0 in Spain as Miralem Pjanic scored from the penalty spot either side of half-time.

Ronaldo looked baffled and kept professing his innocence.

Old Trafford could also be denied a reunion with Ronaldo for Juve's October 23 visit depending on the ban UEFA imposes.

"The only thing I can say is that VAR could have helped the referee make the right decision", said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, lamenting the lack of video technology in UEFA tournaments. Gareth had a great game but I won't focus on one or two, I think the whole team played well on and off the ball, we had lots of chances.

Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia consoles Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo after the latter was sent off
AP Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia consoles Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo after the latter was sent off

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

Replays showed there was a slight coming together between the two players, but Ronaldo didn't appear to lash out at his rival with his hand or head.

Mariano, wearing the number seven shirt vacated by Ronaldo, rounded out the win in stoppage time with a searing shot into the top corner from the edge of the box in his first game back at Real since rejoining from Lyon.

"It's obvious that the penalties have impacted us", Marcelino said. It will then be announced exactly how many games Ronaldo will be banned for. It was his first red card in 154 Champions League matches.

Ronaldo's red card will mean he is likely to miss Juve's clash against his former club Manchester United who they face in the third round of fixtures.

He is the Champions League's record scorer with 120 goals and led Madrid to the title the past three years - and four times in the past five. Although Valencia were handed a penalty in injury time after late substitute Daniele Rugani fouled Gabriel, Parejo's weak effort was saved by Szczesny.

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