Substitute Jordan Siebatcheu struck with the final kick of the game as Swiss side Young Boys claimed a sensational 2-1 Champions League win over 10-man Manchester United on Tuesday after Cristiano Ronaldo had previously opened the scoring.
American striker Siebatcheu jumped on Jesse Lingard’s short back pass to slide the ball past David de Gea for a 95th minute winner in front of a frenzied crowd at the Wankdorf Stadium.
Ronaldo had given United the lead with his third goal in two games since his return to Old Trafford.
However, the game depended on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s elimination late in the first half for a dangerous tackle on Christopher Martins, which gave Young Boys hope.
The hosts struck back to equalize in the second half via Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu and Ronaldo was substituted before Siebatcheu got the winner.
“For a club of our size to make headlines in Europe for one or two days and to beat Man United, one of the giants of European football, it is very special,” said Young Boys coach David Wagner .
It’s a terrible start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United squad in Group F, especially with tougher tests likely to come against Atalanta and Villarreal.
“That is football at the highest level, a lack of concentration, making a mistake and you will be punished,” Solskjaer said of the mistake that led to the Young Boys winner.
He was also adamant that Wan-Bissaka’s game-changing red card, while understandable, was a hard decision.
“It was never reckless or malicious, but probably a bit of inexperience,” Solskjaer insisted.
Ronaldo certainly added to his stats – he is the all-time Champions League record scorer and now has 135 goals in the league, 15 more than his old foe Lionel Messi.
He will turn 37 early next year, but his appetite for success knows no bounds and he clearly felt that returning to Old Trafford gave him a better chance of winning a sixth European Cup than staying at Juventus.
However, it has been ten years since United were a real force in the Champions League and this is yet another disappointing European result for them.
The Young Boys won their fourth Swiss title in a row last season, but have since lost their top goalscorer, Jean-Pierre Nsame of Cameroon, to a serious injury while coach Gerardo Seoane left for Bayer Leverkusen.
He has been replaced in the Swiss capital by Wagner, the German-born former US international and former boss of Huddersfield Town.
– Red card changes game –
Young Boys had a dash of support behind them in a packed stadium but United silenced the crowd as they took an early lead, Bruno Fernandes gave a glorious pass with the outside of his right boot from the left for Ronaldo to sneak in behind Ulisses Garcia at the return post and score.
It was the first goal of the Champions League this season and he has now scored in 16 consecutive seasons in the competition.
He had saved another shot at the end of a quick forward charge just after Swiss winger Christian Fassnacht tested De Gea on the other side.
At that point, it seemed only a matter of time before the visitors eliminated their opponents at half time, but then Wan-Bissaka was eliminated in the 35th minute.
The fullback’s studs caught Luxembourg international Martins above the left ankle and French referee Francois Letexier had no choice but to show an outright red card.
Solskjaer immediately removed Jadon Sancho to send a replacement right-back in Diogo Dalot. He also brought in Raphael Varane for the restart in place of Donny van de Beek, who had gotten his first start this season.
That marked a back five for the second half, with Ronaldo alone up front as Young Boys pushed forward in search of an equalizer coming in the 66th minute as Ngamaleu came in front of Varane and Meschack Elia’s cross from the right to the delight of the crowd .
Ronaldo came out in the 72nd minute and at the end of the extra five minutes, the Young Boys won it when Lingard delivered the perfect assist for Siebatcheu.