Man Utd lose, Juve win their opening champions league fixtures

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Bern / Malmo – September 15 (Online): Manchester United conceded a dramatic stoppage-time goal as they lost to Young Boys despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on his Champions League return for the Red Devils.
Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder on his 177th appearance in the competition, fired United ahead after an exquisite pass from fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.
United played for almost an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins earned the defender a straight red card.
They looked set to hang on for a point in an entertaining match after Cameroon winger Moumi Ngamaleu’s equaliser.
But a 95th-minute mistake by substitute Jesse Lingard – who had replaced Ronaldo with 18 minutes left – allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to score the winner for the team that had to come through qualifying to reach the group stage.
The home fans celebrated wildly while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to reflect on a performance which saw United muster just two shots, the fewest Opta have on record in any of their 138 Champions League matches since 2003-04.
Having missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition last season, United now host Villarreal in their next Group F game on 29 September in a repeat of last season’s Europa League final.
Former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata scored one goal and earned a penalty as Juventus launched their Champions League campaign by beating Malmo.
Juve were under pressure early on in Sweden before Alex Sandro’s low header gave the Italians the lead.
Two goals in the space of 86 seconds at the end of the first half then took the game away from Malmo.
Paulo Dybala scored from the spot after Morata, 28, was fouled by Lasse Nielsen before Morata’s clever lob made it 3-0.
It was Morata’s 14th Champions League goal for Juventus, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo in fifth on Juve’s all-time Champions League top scorers list.
It was the perfect start for Massimiliano Allegri’s side in their Group H campaign.
Juve, who have not been crowned champions of Europe since 1996, face defending champions Chelsea next in Turin on 29 September.
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