Juventus 2 - Valencia 0: Initial reaction and random observations - football

Juventus 2 - Valencia 0: Initial reaction and random observations



A relatively low-key night in Spain, right" It wouldn?t be Juventus in the Champions League without an emotional roller coaster. And you can bet your you-know-what that Wednesday night?s group stage opener against Valencia in Spain was about as topsy-turvy as it could probably get.
Let?s just take what happened in the final 20 minutes of the first half as an example, shall we"

Juventus? new Champions League hero and the competition?s all-time leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, was shown a straight red for apparently patting a defender on the head and pulling his hair a bit after he clearly embellished a clash between the two.
While it earned Juventus a penalty, Valencia midfielder Daniel Parejo put his studs right into Joao Cancelo?s face and was only shown a yellow card.
So there was that, for starters.
But there was also this: Juventus, thanks to Miralem Pjanic?s 44th- and 51st-minute penalties, survived their trip to the Mestalla and claimed a 2-0 win over Valencia.
That?s the kind of response you want from your team.
That?s also refreshing to see from a referee who completely bottled the Ronaldo call to get both of the penalty decisions completely spot on. Maybe not the whole not giving a red card for this...

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...but at least when there were penalties to call, the penalties were called.
It?s impossible not to applaud Juventus for what they did after Ronaldo was sent off. With all of the emotion that not only Ronaldo...
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