- YB lost 3-1 at home to Manchester City in the Champions League group stage.
- Manuel Akanji (48th) and Erling Haaland (67th and 86th) scored the goals for the English team, which dominated the match.
- The Bernese team sold everything they had against the defending champion and succeeded in equalizing thanks to a genius strike by Elia (52).
Erling Haaland has not scored a goal in the Champions League for five matches. The Norwegian ended the scoring drought against Young Boys in all positions. Haaland scored against the Bernese team from a penalty kick in the 67th minute (67) and made the final score 3-1 shortly before the end of the match.
Given the dimensions of the match, the English team’s victory was certainly deserved. However, with a little luck, YB would have gotten more at the sold-out Wankdorf. Haaland’s first goal came at a stage when YB had abandoned all respect for the Champions League winner. Meshack Elia started Bern’s whirlwind phase with a stroke of genius in the 52nd minute: the speedy Congolese was sent off after a corner kick from Cheikh Niasse. Alone in front of City goalkeeper Ederson, Elia decided to shoot a volley past the stunned Brazilian into the net to make it 1-1.
After Haaland made it 2-1, City allowed nothing more. In the 75th minute, Julian Alvarez’s supposed score of 3-1 was disallowed after VAR intervention because the goal was preceded by a handball from Jack Grealish. Instead of points, YB will have to be content with the certainty that they at least put up a good fight against the overpowering visitors.
Akanji breaks the spell
Bern had already indicated shortly after kick-off that YB would not give up without a fight on a rainy Wednesday evening. YB started fearlessly and scored the first goal of the game after just 30 seconds through Filip Ugrinik.
But the attack did not last long; It was not surprising that it was the defending champion from Manchester who controlled the match and the “Yellow Black” had to rely on the level of Anthony Racioppi. The YB goalkeeper made two saves from Jeremy Doku (23/43) and blocked a powerful shot just before the break from Rodri. When the ball slipped out of Racioppi’s hands, Loris Benito was there and shot the ball off the goal line.
After the break, it was Manuel Akanji, of all people, who put the Sky Blues ahead. A Natty player took a corner kick and made the score 1-0 (48th place). The goal was historic: Akanji was the first Swiss to score a goal against a Swiss team in the Champions League.
Red Star loses to Leipzig
There was good news for YB in the fight for third place. Red Star Belgrade lost to host Leipzig 3-1. The home team took the lead after just 12 minutes with a goal by David Raum. But Xavi Simons was responsible for the highlight of the evening. The 20-year-old shot from distance in the 59th minute and curled the ball beautifully into the far corner. This means that Red Star and YB are moving in stride. After three rounds, both teams had one point and the same goal difference.
And this is how it continues
Young Boys will be challenged outside Lugano in the Premier League on Sunday. In the “First Division”, there will be another confrontation with City on November 7, but after that, away from home at Etihad Stadium.
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