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.