The Washington Post

Manchester United opens Champions League play with loss to Young Boys.

YOUNG BOYS 2, MAN. UNITED 1

-

Cristiano Ronaldo had done his job when he was substitute­d for in Manchester United’s Champions League opener against Young Boys on Tuesday in Bern, Switzerlan­d.

The score was tied at 1, with Ronaldo having supplied United’s only goal, when he was replaced by Jesse Lingard in the 72nd minute as United — playing defensivel­y after a red card for defender Aaron Wan-bissaka — withstood increasing pressure from the unheralded Swiss champion roared on by a noisy crowd of 31,120.

But there was a late twist: Lingard made a misplaced back pass and Jordan Siebatcheu pounced on the loose ball behind the defense to shoot past goalkeeper David de Gea, handing United a shocking 2-1 loss and giving Young Boys Coach David Wagner a stellar start to his first Champions League campaign.

Asked why he pulled his 36-year-old star, United Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “We have to look after him,” noting that the Swiss champion’s artificial surface — the only plastic pitch of the 32 Champions League teams this season — “takes its toll.”

It added up to the third groupstage loss for Manchester United in Switzerlan­d in the past decade after two defeats at Basel. . . .

In his European debut for Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku ensured his squad made a successful start to its title defense, heading home the only goal in the 69th minute of a 1-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg in London. . . .

French champion Lille failed to take advantage of an extra man when it was held to a scoreless draw by visiting Wolfsburg, which played for more than 30 minutes with 10 players. . . . .

Bayern Munich showed host Barcelona how dreary life will be without Lionel Messi: Thomas Müller scored and Robert Lewandowsk­i added two goals in a 3-0 win at Camp Nou. . . .

Visiting Salzburg was left to rue two missed spot kicks in a 1-1 draw at 10-man Sevilla in Spain. . . .

In Spain, host Villarreal was frustrated by Atalanta in its return to the Champions League after a 10-year absence, being held to a 2-2 draw. . . .

Juventus claimed its first win of the post-ronaldo era by beating Swedish host Malmo, 3-0. . . .

Benfica was lucky to get a point in a scoreless draw with host Dynamo Kyiv that dented both teams’ chances of advancing from a group containing Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

MLS: Darlington Nagbe and Miguel Berry scored 14 minutes apart in the second half as the Columbus Crew topped the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in Columbus, Ohio. . . .

Jáder Obrian scored two goals to help FC Dallas tie New York City FC, 3-3, in Harrison, N. J. . . .

Christian Makoun scored on a penalty kick in the 95th minute, and Inter Miami beat 10-man Toronto FC, 1-0, on the road for its first three-game winning streak.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States