Young Boys vs Manchester United LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction tonight
Ronaldo: 'I belong to Manchester'
Manchester United’s Champions League campaign got off to a nightmare start as Jordan Siebatcheu’s stoppage-time strike earned Young Boys a famous 2-1 victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 10 men in Switzerland.
Three-and-a-half months on from losing the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties, the Red Devils were on course to return to continental action with a straightforward win after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early opener.
The Portuguese’s 135th Champions League goal came as the returning forward equalled Iker Casillas’ appearance record in the competition, but the 36-year-old will want to forget his 177th match.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s 35th minute sending off for a rash challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira changed the dynamics of the game, with Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu levelling before Siebatcheu struck at the death.
Few could argue that the Swiss champions - managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner - did not deserve the result on a night when their performance was as impressive as United’s was poor.
Moumi Ngamaleu sent the Stadion Wankdorf wild when levelling and substitute Siebatcheu capitalised on a dreadful Jesse Lingard backpass to strike a stunning stoppage-time blow in the Group F opener. Relive all the action live below:
- Young Boys snatch victory in stoppage time
- Ngamaleu equalises in second half
- Wan-Bissaka sent off for dangerous tackle
- Ronaldo gives United early lead
- MUFC XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo
- Young Boys XI: Von Ballmoos, Hefti, Camara, Lauper, Garcia, Sierro, Pereira, Fassnacht, Aebischer, Ngamaleu, Elia
The striker was again the difference, this 1-0 win over a resilient Zenit St Petersburg ensuring their title defence began with some flourish and celebration rather than an underwhelming draw.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 22:03
Thomas Tuchel’s side were not at their fluent best and struggled to break down Zenit’s deep and resolute defence in a dour first half.
But despite struggling to create many clear openings, Chelsea’s pressure eventually told with Romelu Lukaku rising highest to meet Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross and ensure his side of a perfect start in Group H.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:57
Romelu Lukaku was on the scoresheet yet again for Chelsea as the Blues snuck through a difficult contest with Zenit St Petersburg to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku continues his great form that has made him one of Europe’s leading goalscorers.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:54
90+4 mins: It was a tough night for Chelsea. Zenit were solid, they were well drilled and they were tough to break down. It took a great from Azpilicueta to find Lukaku in the box and the big man continued his fine form and found the back of the net. They marshalled the closing minutes well and take all three points.
The European champions kick off their 2021 Champions League campaign with a win.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:51
90+2 mins: Chelsea are seeing out the game well. Keeping hold of the ball and not allowing Zenit into their own half. Mason Mount is taken off and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets a run out.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:49
90 mins: Chelsea lead by one goal to nil as we head into added time at Stamford Bridge. Four minutes of it. Young Boys scored late against Manchester United earlier, can Zenit do the same against Chelsea?
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:46
87 mins: Late changes for Zenit St Petersburg. Andrey Mostovoy and Daniil Krugovoy replace Claudinho and Yaroslav Rakits’kyy.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:45
84 mins: Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are taken off by Thomas Tuchel who Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell brought on. Mendy needed a breather after that collision with Dzyuba but he’s okay to play on.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:39
81 mins: Chance! Zenit almost equalise! Erokhin knocks the ball into the box as Azmoun breaks in behind the Chelsea back line. The striker hits a low pass into the six-yard box and Dzyuba gets a toe to the pass. Mendy closes him down and they collide but not until the ball rolls wide of the post.
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:38
78 mins: Close! Mount takes the ball wide on the left side as Alonso drifts into the box. Mount pulls it back to the wingback but shifts to his left and fires a shot narrowly wide of the back post!
Michael Jones14 September 2021 21:36