Cristiano Ronaldo scores but Man United beats 2-1 at Young Boys after teammate clash
Posted On September 14, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal couldn’t save Manchester United from another Champions League defeat in Switzerland, 2-1 against a strong and robust Young Boys side.
United have only themselves to blame following the expulsion of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and then Jesse Lingard’s backpass gave Young Boys Bern a winner in added time.
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Jordan Siebatcheu struck in the last minute of the stoppage time as the ball burst into space behind the united defense.
Ronaldo’s record-breaking 135th Champions League goal in the 13th minute was the first of his – and United’s – just two shots of the game. He was substituted in the 72nd minute.
It was created by a smart pass from Bruno Fernandes with the outside of his right foot in Ronaldo’s path for a low shot that squirmed under goalkeeper David von Ballmoos.
Reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute after a red card foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Premier League co-leader struggled to create more scoring opportunities against the unsung Swiss champion.
United were already under regular pressure before Wan-Bissaka’s reckless challenge on Christopher Martins deep within the Young Boys helped.
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Young Boys rightly equalized in the 66th when midfielder Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu met a low cross into a crowded goal mouth with a shot that beat goalkeeper David de Gea at his near post.
It turned out to be another difficult Swiss trip for United after losing twice in the group stage at Basel in the past decade.
“It’s football, people make mistakes,” United captain Harry Maguire said. “We don’t blame Jesse. I’m sure everyone on this pitch today made a mistake. I’m sure Jesse will pick himself up.
“This is the first game of the group. We have a lot of games to bounce back and we have to do it. We will try to take three points in our next game and build momentum from there.”
Ronaldo has claimed a bigger part of Champions League history simply by playing his first game against United in the competition since the 2009 final. His 177th career Champions League appearance equaled the record held by Iker Casillas , his longtime Real Madrid teammate.
The Champions League qualifying rounds appeared to have prepared Young Boys well for facing a star-studded United side that were only playing their fifth competitive game of the season.
The Swiss team have been strong and physical in their 13th game of a season which started in mid-July with the first of six Champions League qualifiers.
Also in Group F on Tuesday, Villarreal hosted Atalanta in a later kick-off.
United host Villarreal on September 29 – a rematch of last season’s Europa League final won by the Spanish club. Atalanta welcomes Young Boys on the same date.
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