Sports Desk, Sep 14 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the 13th minute of Tuesday’s Champions League contest proved not to be enough for heavily favored Manchester United against Young Boys, who scored twice in the second half against the 10-men visiting side.
Taking the field at Stade de Suisse in Bern, the Portuguese superstar equaled Spanish goalkeeping great Iker Casillas for most Champions League appearances with 177.
And the goal, set up by compatriot Bruno Fernandes with a perfect cross into the box, boosted Ronaldo’s career total in Europe’s elite club competition to 135.
The five-time Ballon d’Or’s third goal in two matches since returning to United appeared to set the stage for an offensive display by the Premier League squad.
But the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute with the expulsion of Aaron Wan-Bissaka on a straight red card after he drew blood with an unnecessary tackle on Christopher Martins.
United fell back to defend the narrow lead and they managed to keep Young Boys off the scoreboard until the 66th minute, when Moumi Ngamaleu beat defender Raphael Varane to a loose ball and blasted it past David De Gea.
Seeking to secure at least a point, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer withdrew Ronaldo and Fernandes in favor of more defensive-minded players.
The hosts, however, were not ready to settle for a draw and their persistence on the attack paid dividends in the 94th minute thanks to a poor back pass by Jesse Lingard that left De Gea with no chance to deny Theoson Siebatcheu.
The result gives Young Boys an early lead in Group F. EFE msg/dr