- Vincent Ceiro scored the 1-1 equalizer for Young Boys in the first leg of the third round of the Champions League qualifiers in Cluj, shortly before the end.
- After conceding an early goal, the Swiss champions go through long after a deficit.
- The return match will be held next Tuesday in Bern.
So much effort, few chances and still a decent starting position: this is how Bernie’s appearance in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers away with Romanian champions Cluj can be summed up with former GC and FCSG player Ronar Sigorgonsson.
In front of lowly Cluj, who after 1-0 in the fourth minute focused mainly on defense, the Swiss series champions lacked creativity and intelligence and dragged the opponent’s goal for a long time.
And throughout the match, Lithuanian goalkeeper Gedrios Arlawskis was not in a serious goal against Cluj. The closest Mishak Elia came in the 34th minute, but the Congolese took too long to finish in the penalty area and were repelled.
In the third of the total 8 (!) minutes of injury time, the release of the Swiss representative came:
- Michel Ebecher puts a dangerous free kick into the second post and Arlauskis can’t adequately defend, which is why Vincent Ciero, who was only substituted in the final stage, can safely use the rebound to equalize his deserved 1:1 equalizer.
It rained early
From the perspective of the Romanian home team, which, like YB, won the national championship four times in a row, the match had started perfectly. Already in the fourth minute, Christian Mania Cluj gave him the lead after he was helped by Bilal El Amrani. Mania was offside – but due to the lack of VAR in the third qualifying round, a hit still counted.
Now the Romans could retreat deep into their own half and thus make the rooms cramped. The Swiss champions suffered from this and hardly created any chances except for the Sierra equation.
So it continues
Next Tuesday, YB has a chance to move into the playoffs in front of their Annex in Wankdorf. You can also follow the second leg against Cluj live on SRF. In the Champions League qualifiers, Ferencvaros Budapest or Slavia Prague was waiting for Bernays.
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