Bern: Substitute Jordan Siebatcheu scored a stoppage-time winner to earn Young Boys a 2-1 victory over 10-man Manchester United in their Champions League opener on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).
Cristiano Ronaldo, who equalled the all-time Champions League appearance record, matching former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas’ 177 games, wasted no time in getting back among the goals, breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute.
A dejected Cristiano Ronaldo following Young Boys’ late Champions League winner in Bern.Credit:AP
In cruise control, United’s task was made more difficult after fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for a lunging tackle on Christopher Martins with just 35 minutes on the clock.
United brought French defender Raphael Varane on at half-time and went to five at the back to try to see out the victory, but the hosts got a deserved equaliser through Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu at the near post in the 66th minute.
Ronaldo was then replaced in the second half as United again changed formation, with the visitors needing a fine late save from goalkeeper David de Gea to keep Young Boys at bay.
But the drama was not over, as Siebatcheu pounced deep into stoppage time to spark wild scenes of celebration, ensuring United got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start.
Ronaldo earlier had United in cruise control with his 13th-minute strike.Credit:Getty
Sevilla, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw at home after a chaotic first half in which four penalties were awarded, three to the visitors, while the hosts were forced to play most of the second half with 10 men.
German striker Karim Adeyemi missed the target from the spot in the 13th minute and the Austrians earned a second penalty in the 21st which Croatian midfielder Luka Sucic managed to tuck away to put his side ahead.
Salzburg then won another penalty in the 37th minute but Sucic hit the post with his second effort and the hosts were then awarded a penalty of their own to mark the first time in Champions League history in which four penalties were awarded in the first half.
Ivan Rakitic confidently dispatched his kick to pull Julen Lopetegui’s side level but the hosts were soon on the back foot again early in the second half when striker Youssef En-Nesyri was sent off for a second booking.
Four penalties were awarded in a chaotic first half between Sevilla and RB Salzburg.Credit:Getty
Sevilla keeper Bono made a string of saves as the Spaniards held on for a draw but Lopetegui’s 10 men could have won the match with a late header from substitute Erik Lamela which went narrowly wide.
“It was a very strange game, with three penalties against us and a sending-off so we have to be happy with the point and the effort we made,” Rakitic said.
“In the end we were closing to find a winner than they were but you cannot afford to give away three penalties in a game in the Champions League and we must learn from this.
“We made a good start to the game but they got forward for the first time and got a penalty. They attacked again and got the second penalty and when they got the third it was enough to start laughing. Luckily they missed two and we have to learn from this quickly.”
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