An expulsion and a terrible failure on the last play of the game they spoiled Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut with the Manchester United in the Champions League.
The Portuguese had a promising debut scoring a goal in the 13th minute, but United were sent off after half an hour and could not sustain the result, being beaten 2-1 by Swiss champion Young Boys.
For his part, Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Bayern Munich prescribed a 3-0 to Barcelona, which crashed with the reality of a “Champions” without Lionel Messi.
Defending champion Chelsea beat Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0, with a header from Romelu Lukaku in the complement, while Juventus rolled 3-0 in their visit to Malmö and Sevilla drew 1-1 with Salzburg, which failed two penalties in a match in which four were penalized.
For his part, Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Bayern Munich prescribed a 3-0 to Barcelona
The return of Cristiano
Cristiano, who has just returned to United after an absence of more than a decade, put the English ahead by pushing a ball from close range.
It was the entry number 135 of the Portuguese striker in the Champions League, establishing himself as the historic scorer of the tournament. It was one of only two shots on goal for United. Cristiano was replaced at 72 by Jesse Lingard, who ended up being the villain for his club.
The visitors seemed headed for an easy win. However, in the 35th minute Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off by a strong tackle and Young Boys went all out on the attack.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu leveled at 66 and, when it seemed that the match ended evenly, Jordan Siebatcheu scored the second, taking advantage of a short delivery from Lingard to his goalkeeper.
The result rewarded the delivery of Young Boys, who locked United in their field and sought the second until the last moment.
It was another ill-fated expedition for the English in Swiss stadiums, as they succumbed twice in the group stage to Basel over the past decade.
On why he retired the 36-year-old Portuguese star, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replied: “He is exceptional, but we have to take care of him too.”
I felt that it was the right moment to retire it, “commented the coach, who emphasized that the wear is greater in a field with synthetic grass, like the Young Boys.
Barcelona dominated again
Bayern had humiliated with an 8-2 against the Catalan team in their last match, corresponding to the quarterfinals in 2020. Even at home, it seemed that Barça was afraid of taking such a shake, after losing Messi and Antoine Griezmann for this campaign.
The German club could win by more, but was content with a 3-0.
Thomas Müller scored in the 33rd minute for a Bayern who scored for the 23rd consecutive Champions League game, a club record.
The visitors kept pressing. Lewandowski made second in the 56th, taking advantage of a rebound, after 18-year-old Jamal Musiala’s shot hit a stick.
The Pole has scored in 18 consecutive games in all competitions. He got the third target at 85.
Also in Group E, Mykola Shaparenko thought she had scored an agonizing goal for Dynamo Kiev over Benfica. However, this was invalidated by video refereeing (VAR), which detected an offside and left the score 0-0.
Lukaku, the difference
Chelsea had to wait until 69 minutes for Lukaku to double the visitor’s resistance. The Belgian forward beat a defender in the jump to find a center from César Azpilicueta.
The header earned him his fourth goal in as many games for Chelsea since returning from Inter.
Also in Group H, Juventus’ trip to Malmo came at the right moment for the team to start the tournament well despite Cristiano’s absence, in contrast to their hardships in Serie A.
The Bianconeri have salvaged just one point from their first three matches in the Italian league.
But Alex Sandro scored in the 23rd minute; Argentine Paulo Dybala converted a penalty just before halftime, and Álvaro Morata pumped the ball in front of the goalkeeper for the third target.
In another match, Sevilla could barely equal 1-1 at home with Salzburg, who missed two penalties.
Sevilla gave up three penalties in the first half, all for fouls against Karim Adeyemi, but the Austrians scored only one, the second, converted by Luka Sucic. Adeyemi marro one and the same Sucic another. Both Sucic and Adeyemi are 19 years old.
Ivan Rakitic tied for Sevilla, also from a penalty, at 42.
Sevilla played from 55 with one man less due to the expulsion of Youssef En-Nesryi, who saw his second yellow card for simulating a foul.
In the other Group D match, American defender John Brooks was sent off by Wolfsburg, who drew 0-0 on their visit to France’s monarch Lille.