Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Lionel Messi of Barcelona Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Lionel Messi of Barcelona Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich

For much of the first half Madrid missed their talisman as they failed to convert chances, but Isco, Bale and Mariano stepped up to deliver three points for Lopetegui in his first Champions League match in charge.

This post will be updated. Never write off Juventus Juventus have won Serie A seven years in a row and they used all their experience to silence the raucous Valencia fans and close out the win.

Just a few seconds later and the decision was taken to send off Ronaldo, giving him the first Champions League red card of his career in the process.

While Cristiano Ronaldo was busy getting sent off on the east coast with Juventus, Los Blancos were wiping the floor with last season's semi-finalists Roma.

It wasn't clear what had happened at first as Ronaldo apparently clashed with Jeison Murillo off the ball and away from the eyes of the referee.

After leaving the pitch the five-times Champions League victor, whose stoppage time penalty for Real Madrid knocked Juve out in the quarter-finals last season, waited by the tunnel entrance, seemingly on the verge of tears.

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The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not chose to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is consoled by teammate Federico Bernardeschi, right, after receiving a red card against Valencia.

Valencia probed but even when Daniele Rugani collided with Gabriel for a third penalty, Parejo's shot was saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

"We proved to be a very united team", he said.

"Going down to 10 men in the Champions League for an incident like that is disappointing". "We risked losing tonight and now we can only hope he is not banned for long".

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