Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Ronaldo sees red as Juventus beat Valencia

Ronaldo second from right is consoled by team-mate Federico Bernardeschi Ronaldo second from right is consoled by team-mate Federico Bernardeschi
Cassandra Gardner | 20 September, 2018, 07:44

Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the missing piece in Juventus' bid to win the Champions League. There had been no sense of a panic for a team that won its opening three games without Ronaldo scoring, yet a quiet sense of insecurity did linger.

But ahead of their Champions League opener against last season's semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, Bale insists Real can be even better this season.

Substitute Marco Asensio nearly added a late third with a delightful no-look finish, but Mariano did wrap up the scoring in the first minute of added time with a fantastic turn and strike into the top-right corner on his first appearance since returning from Lyon. Its next Champions League match is at home against Young Boys, which Massimiliano Allegri's squad should have no trouble handling in Turin.

"It makes me feel proud, responsible and very excited about a competition that I don't need to explain what it means to us and what Real Madrid means to the Champions League", Lopetegui said.

They will also miss their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 120 goals for the Spanish club in the tournament. But Wojciech Szczesny parried Parejo's spot kick, which was awarded after Daniele Rugani was adjudged to have elbowed Gabriel Paulista.

This is a huge blow for Juventus as he may miss half of the games in the group stages of the competition, one that the Old Lady would have been hoping Ronaldo could have delivered for them this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed great success at Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed great success at Manchester United

Gareth Bale added a second when he ran onto Luka Modric's excellent through-ball and slotted home.

Isco's flawless free-kick gave Los Blancos the lead on the stroke of half-time before Bale secured the result, to which substitute Mariano Diaz added late gloss.

Julen Lopetegui's team will face CSKA Moscow away in their next group-stage match on October 2, while Roma host Viktoria Plzen on the same day.

Paul Pogba's brilliant opening goal was the catalyst as Manchester United overcame a hard start to beat Young Boys 3-0 in Bern in their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.

Five-time champions Bayern Munich got their Group E campaign off to a solid start as Niko Kovac's men eased to a 2-0 triumph against Benfica in Lisbon, with Robert Lewandowski and Renato Sanches scoring the goals.

Crucial period for oil as Iran's exports shrink
Prices have slipped since topping US$80 this year for the first time since 2014 on expectations of more supply and weaker demand. Demand for oil grew more slowly in the second quarter but will continue to rise this year and in 2019, the group said.


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