Substitute Jordan Siebatcheu scored a stoppage-time winner to earn Younger Boys a 2-1 victory over 10-man Manchester United of their Champions League opener on Tuesday (September 14). Siebatcheu pounced on a woeful again move from Jesse Lingard within the fifth minute of stoppage time to spark wild scenes of celebration and guarantee United acquired their Champions League marketing campaign off to the worst potential begin.
United cruising to victory after Cristiano Ronaldo, who equalled the all-time Champions League look file in Bern, matching former Actual Madrid group mate Iker Casillas’ 177 video games, fired his facet in entrance within the thirteenth minute. However United’s process was made tougher after fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was despatched off for a lunging deal with on Christopher Martins with 35 minutes on the clock, and the house crowd sensed an upset was on the playing cards.
United introduced on French defender Raphael Varane at halftime and went to 5 on the again to attempt to see out the victory, however the hosts acquired a deserved equaliser via Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu on the close to put up within the 66th minute. Ronaldo was then changed within the second half as United once more modified formation, with the guests needing a wonderful late save from goalkeeper David de Gea to maintain Younger Boys at bay.
However the drama was not over and Siebatcheu’s strike, timed at 94 minutes and 22 seconds, was the newest successful purpose in a Champions League match since Lucas Moura’s effort for Tottenham Hotspur towards Ajax Amsterdam within the 2019 semi-finals.
“That’s soccer, individuals make errors,” United captain Harry Maguire mentioned. “We’re not blaming Jesse. I’m certain everybody on that pitch right now has made a mistake. I’m certain Jesse will choose himself up. It’s the primary recreation within the group. We’ve acquired many video games to bounce again and we should do. We’ll attempt to choose up three factors in our subsequent recreation and construct momentum from there.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2021
In a raucous environment within the Wankdorf Stadium, it was the house facet who had the primary probability, with Meschak Elia dragging a strike simply broad. But it was the guests who opened the scoring. Ronaldo, the Champions League’s all-time main goalscorer, moved on to 135 within the competitors with one other predatory end after being picked out by a chic cross from Portugal group mate Bruno Fernandes.
Younger Boys, who grew to become the thirty sixth totally different facet Ronaldo has scored towards within the Champions League – no participant has discovered the online towards extra opponents within the competitors – have been then gifted a approach again into the match by Wan-Bissaka. The fullback’s first contact was heavy, leaving him reaching into the deal with, studs up on Martins. The referee confirmed no hesitation in brandishing the pink card.
Christian Fassnacht then virtually instantly levelled, volleying simply broad because the hosts seemed to make their numerical benefit depend. Towards the run of play, Ronaldo raced clear early within the second interval and went down in search of a penalty, however nothing was given.
The hosts have been piling on the strain, and acquired a deserved equaliser via Ngamaleu, who battled to get to the ball forward of Varane and ship the house crowd into delirium. Ronaldo was then changed by Lingard, earlier than Siebatcheu had the ultimate say, with the United substitute getting his move again to De Gea all mistaken, and the scenes of celebration continued lengthy after the ultimate whistle.
(with Reuters inputs)