Ten-man United crash despite Ronaldo opener; four pens in Seville

London, Sept. 14 (BNA) Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal failed to smash 10-man Manchester United 2-1 over the Swiss Young Boys in stoppage time in the opening match of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Jordan Sepacho scored the winning goal for hosts Berne in the fifth and final minute of extra time, after a terrible back pass from Jesse Lingard, German news agency (dpa) reported.

Ronaldo equaled Iker Casillas’ appearance record in the 177th game and scored a record 135th goal in the elite event from Bruno Fernandes’s breaking pass 13 minutes into the match.

Ronaldo also scored twice in his first game in 12 years for United in the 4-1 league win over Newcastle at the weekend.

But United sent off Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute for entering Christopher Martins Pereira’s ankle, and the hosts leveled in the 68th when Nicholas Mumi Njamaleo hit a low cross for Mishak Elia from the right – and Sepacho then completed the surprise.

The other early match at the start of the group stage between Sevilla and Salzburg ended 1-1 and saw four extraordinary penalties – of which the Austrians missed two of their three – and Sevilla striker Youssef al-Nusayri was sent off for it. Diving for the fifth.


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