Valencia - Juventus match report:
Valencia and Juventus first ever meeting in Europe will mainly remembered for Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ever sending off in the Champions League.
With the visitors clearly on top and having created several chances, Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute for grabbing the hair of Murillo while the Valencian defender was on the ground.
The Portuguese’s tearful departure took the sting out of Juventus’ attack, until the 43rd minute when they rattled the crossbar. Parejo put up a dangerous high leg to challenge for the deflected ball and was penalized inside the box. Pjanic took the resultant penalty and snuck it past Neto into the bottom right-hand corner. And the first half finished 1-0 to the visitors.
It wasn’t long before Pjanic was stepping up for another spot kick. With less than five minutes played in the second half, Batshuayi was flagged for an off-the-ball tussle with Bonucci inside the box as a corner ball was sailing in, which left both players on the ground. Pjanic again hit the ball low, hard and to the right, and again it found the back of the net.
For the next 40 minutes, Valencia threw everything at the visitors and dominated possession deep in Juventus’ half. But the fact that four of their best chances were long-range efforts from Soler said it all about Juve's organised defence. Valencia were awarded a penalty in the 95th minute, but Szczesny saved Parejo’s weak effort to keep the scoreboard at 0-2, which really summed up a very poor Valencia performance against ten-man Juventus.
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96' Peep, peep, peep! And that's it. A night of drama where referee Dr. Felix Brych was the main protaganist. One red card, three penalties, 2-0 to the visitors. Juve did fantastically to soak up that pressure. They'll be glad to hear the final whistle. All that defending and chasing the ball for 40 minutes will have taken it out of them. They gave the hosts no space and no way onto the scoreboard.
95' Penalty from Parejo is saved by Szczesny. That sums it all up really.
95' A penalty for Valencia!! and a yellow card for Rugani who has just come on
93' Corner for Valencia, and Allegri looks furious! Not sure why, his team have done amazingly to keep it at 2-0.
86' With just a few minutes to go, it looks like a tired Juve have done enough to walk away with three points here. They've been run ragged for the best part of the second half but have so far kept the hosts at 0.
83' A corner ends at the feet of Gameiro, but he launches the ball towards row Z!
82' Second corner comes in and it's cleared away by Szczesny. Danger averted again for Juve.
81' Great corner from Valencia and Rodrigo gets a head to it! But's its blocked and another corner!
79' Soler again with another long-range effort and it's on target. Szczesny dives low to save it. The fact that Valencia's best chances have been four long-range efforts from their number 8 says it all about Juve's organised defence. They have almost every man behind the ball now.
76' It's been all Valencia for the last 20 minutes or so, but they still haven't found their way on to the scoreboard.
72' Another long range effort from Soler. Another save! He's been Valencia's most dangerous player in this period of pressure.
70' Batshuayi off and Gameiro on for Valencia.
65' Soler with another long range effort and it's on target this time! Szczesny does excellently to stop the ball going into the right hand corner. Heroic save!
62' Valencia have really not been able to capitalise on having the extra man and Juve still very much in control. I'm wondering what the score would be now had Ronaldo not been sent off.
59' Valencia with a long range effort from Soler, but it's well, well wide. Szczesny has only had to make one save today to the best of my knowledge.
57' First change for Valencia. Defender for a midfielder. Vezo off, Denís Chéryshev on.
54' Valencia's discipline leaving much to be desired now. It's a foula yellow for Vezo. Free kick for Juve around 35 yards out. Shot is high and wide.
52' With two penalty decisions in their favour, Juve fans' anger towards the ref after Ronaldo's red may have subsided somewhat.
50' Pjanic again with the penalty, he goes right and low again, and he scores again. Ten-man Juve, 2-0 up!
49' Another penalty for Juve!!! Batshuayi recieves a yellow for an off the ball challenge on Banucci as a corner ball was sailing in.
47' Valencia with the first chance. Gaya puts a cross in for Rodrigo, who heads it on target around 7 yards out. But it's straight into the hands of Szczesny.
46' Valencia get us underway. Let's see if they can trouble this Juve defence in the second half.
Ronaldo's red card means no return to Old Trafford for the Portuguese. That will be disappointing for everyone involved.
48' The ref blows up what has been a dramatic first half. Ronaldo was on top and orchestrating his side's attack before being sent off. But Juve have not gone into their shell. They've remained on the attack since Ronaldo's departure and got their just rewards with a penalty in 44th minute, which Pjanic converted cooly. Marcelino will have to work out how he is going to best capitalise on having the extra man if his side are going to get back into this game. They've really had nothing to offer so far.
47' Juve deal well with some pressure from the home side. Goalkick for the Italians. That'll probably be the least meaningful bit of action of the first half.
44' Pjanic sinks the penalty into the bottom right corner!! 1-0 Juve
43' Juve hit the crossbar and Parejo is penalised for a high tackle on Bernadeschi. Penalty Juve!
40' Television replay shows Ronaldo and Valencia coach Marcelino having words as he walked off. It looked like Marcelino was telling him something along the lines of "you just can't do that".
38' Valencia finally making the extra man count. Some sustained pressure ends with a shot from Batshuayi on the corner of the six-yard box. But it's blocked by Neto.
37' Despite being down to ten men, Juve are still controlling this game. Will Allegri look to change things at HT?
33' With Ronaldo gone, it will mean that this will be the first time he has not scored in the opening game of the CL since 2012.
29' Red card for Ronaldo!!! There was a scuffle with Murillo off the ball inside and he striked him in the box. There was not much force but you can't do that. Ronaldo is in tears and walks off.
27' Marcelino said his team needed to put pressure on and attack if they had any hope of winning this tie. They have not had a chance to that so far, it's been all Juve since the fifth minute.
22' Khedira is coming off with an injury although he walks off and doesn't look in pain. Emre Can comes on to make his CL debut for Juve.
20' Another chance for Juve! It all got a bit messy. Cross came in for Mandzukic, blocked by the keeper. Two-three more shots all blocked before ref whistles for a free out.
17' Chance Juve!. Ronaldo beats one defender and crosses it to Mandzukic who gives a first-time pass to Khedira just outside the six-yard box. Khedira puts it over. Should have done better under no pressure. It could be 2-0 to Juventus.
15' It's been all Juve for the past 10 minutes. Ronaldo being the main protaganist as he settles into things here at the Mestalla.
11' First real chance! Bernadeschi cross from the left finds Ronaldo about 10 yards out. He fluffs his shot and it falls to the feet of Mandzukic by the six-yard box, but he also fails to make good contact at it's over the bar
10' Cross from the Juve corner is headed away.
Ronaldo beats Wass and gets a shot off about 30 yards out. It's a corner!
Ronaldo fouled as he tried to burst down the left flank. Welcome back to Spain CR7!
6' Valencia have enjoyed most of the possesion in the first 5 minutes. But have only managed the one shot so far. Juve have it now and are looking to get themselves into the game.
3' Ronaldo gets his first touch but is quickly dispossesed. First shot of the game has fallen to Valencia's Guedes. His long-range effort is deflected for a corner. Valencia make nothing of the resultant set piece. Goalkick Juve
1' Juve get us underway
Chiellini and Parejo the captains have shaken hands, done the coin toss and Juventus will kick off.
Valencia coach Marcelino: “It’s not going to be easy to attack because of their capacity to regroup quickly. But we have to attack, without attacking we’re not going to win. We’ll try to pressure them and attack quickly.”
Tonight's ref is Dr. Felix Byrch, who reffed Juventus' 1-4 defeat to Real Madrid in the final in 2017.
Our man on the ground is reporting that Valencia fans have thrown cans at Juve coach Allegri, chanting, "F**k Juve!" Intimidating atmosphere already building.
Valencia's teamsheet is in: Neto, Gaya, Murillo, Paulista, Vezo, Guedes, Wass, Prejo, Soler, Rodrigo Batshuayi
Juventus have played 811 games in the Champions League, Valencia have played 169. But this is the first time two sides ever meet in European Competition.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of Valencia v Juventus from the Mestalla. Ronaldo has scored here many times and will be hoping to add another to his tally. The Portuguese has scored in the opening game of the Champions League every year since 2012. Who would bet against him keeping that run going?
Valencia - Juventus preview:
Valencia and Juventus meet for the first ever time in European competition, as the two sides get their Champions League campaigns underway in Group H at the Mestalla stadium.
Juventus travel to Valencia having won their first four Serie A games to leave them top of the table. Cristiano Ronaldo, who finally broke his goal drought with two against Sassuolo last Sunday, returns to Spain to play a club against whom he scored 16 LaLiga goals during his time at Real Madrid.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men will be eager to get their Champions League campaign off on a winning foot as they look to reach their third final in five years, but Juve coach knows they will have his work cut in front of the Mestalla faithful.
“Playing Valencia is not easy,” said Allegri. “They are a difficult team in a stadium that urges them on. It’s a game that will define our path in the Champions League. If we win, everything become easier, but if we lose, it puts us on an uphill battle.”
Valencia have had a very contrasting start to Juventus in their league campaign in Spain, having drawn three and lost won. After finishing fourth in LaLiga last year, they currently lie in 17th place and will hope the vocal home crowd will help them to their first victory in a competitve fixture this season. Centre-backs Gabriel and Diakhaby will be tasked with keeping Juventus’ potent strike force of Ronaldo and Mandzukic at bay, while up front Batshuayi and Rodrigo will look to test Szczesny in goal.
Knowing this is a game they will likely have to win to have a decent chance of reaching the last 16, coach Marcelino seems prepared to attack and find wholes in a Juventus defensive line that did concede two goals against last-placed Chievo in their opening Serie A game.
“It’s not going to be easy to attack because of their capacity to regroup quickly,” said Valencia coach Marcelino. “But we have to attack, without attacking we’re not going to win. We’ll try to pressure them and attack quickly.”