Juventus win despite Ronaldo's straight red, City stunned

Cristiano Ronaldo's first Champions League appearance for Juventus lasted only 29 minutes as the competition's record scorer was sent off as his side opened their Group H campaign with a 2-0 win at Valencia.

Penalties either side of halftime by Miralem Pjanic sealed the points for the visitors as Valencia's return to European competition after a two-year absence went flat.

Stunned: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after being shown a straight red card.

Stunned: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after being shown a straight red card.

The night was overshadowed by Ronaldo's straight red card for a seemingly innocuous incident with a Valencia defender.

He appeared as stunned as the Mestalla crowd when German referee Felix Brych handed out his punishment – his first send off in 154 Champions League games.

A penalty miss by Daniel Parejo in stoppage time summed up Valencia's night.

Captain Paul Pogba produced an outstanding performance garnished by two goals to help Manchester United to a resounding 3-0 win at Swiss debutants Young Boys.

The French star fired United ahead in the 35th minute with a goal of the highest quality, drilling a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after side-stepping his marker.

He made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 44 minutes, harshly awarded by German referee Deniz Aytekin after Luke Shaw's cross struck Kevin Mbabu's arm as the defender tried to avoid contact.

A darting run by Pogba midway through the second half released Anthony Martial and the forward scored with a clinical finish.

Manchester City suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon in Group F.

Lyon took the lead in the 26th minute through Maxwel Cornet, who drove home after Fabian Delph made a hash of clearing a cross.

With the suspended City manager Pep Guardiola forced to watch from the stands, Nabil Fekir then made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute with a sweetly struck drive after being set-up by Memphis Depay.

City earned themselves a lifeline through Bernardo Silva, who produced a smart finish after a superb jinking run from substitute Leroy Sane.



Hoffenheim were denied a victory in their first Champions League group stage game at Shakhtar Donetsk as the hosts grabbed a 2-2 draw

Florian Grillitsch and Haavard Nordtveit scored for the Bundesliga side but Ismaily and Maycon equalised to ensure a share of the spoils.

Real Madrid got their title defence off to a strong start by convincingly beating Roma 3-0 at home.

Isco broke the deadlock with a wonderfully struck free-kick just before the interval.

Gareth Bale doubled the lead on 58 minutes and a stoppage-time strike from returning striker Mariano Diaz rounded out the scoring at the Bernabeu.

Viktoria Plzen blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home with CSKA Moscow, who equalised deep into stoppage time with a converted penalty from Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic.

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches made a memorable return to former club Benfica, scoring once and helping set up the other goal in the Germans' 2-0 Group E win.

The 21-year-old Benfica youth product made the most of his rare start to set up Robert Lewandowski's 10th minute goal and find the net himself on 54 minutes.

Ajax dismantled AEK 3-0 to sit top of the group, courtesy of a brace from Nicolas Tagliafico either side of Donny van de Beek's goal for the hosts.

Reuters

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