CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: YOUNG BOYS BEAT ‘BIG BOYS’ MAN U

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United

(BBC)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.

Chelsea 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

German defender Antonio Rudiger almost scored a fine solo effort during Chelsea’s win over Zenit and also pulled off a timely tackle at the other end.

Chelsea opened their defence of the Champions League with a victory as Romelu Lukaku finally pierced Zenit St Petersburg’s stubborn resistance at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku, a £97.5m summer signing from Inter Milan, has already demonstrated his goal threat in the Premier League and was on the mark again with his first goal for Chelsea in the competition they won for the second time against Manchester City in June.

Chelsea were made to work hard as Zenit dug in but manager Thomas Tuchel’s side stepped up the pace after the interval, Lukaku breaking the deadlock when he headed in at the far post from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 69th minute.

The holders deserved the victory but Zenit missed a glorious chance to snatch a point when substitute Artem Dzyuba slid wide from six yards as he tried to turn in Sardar Azmoun’s cross late on.

Bayern brush aside Barca

It’s nice and easy to summarise the rest of Tuesday’s Champions League results… European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Juventus both won 3-0 away, everyone else drew!

Of course, that doesn’t quite tell the full story, though. Bayern’s win came in the Nou Camp, where a Barcelona side in transition could be set to endure a difficult season.

The Spanish giants were playing their first Champions League since the departure of talisman Lionel Messi and failed to muster a single shot on target… in the Nou Camp, imagine that!

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