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Solskjaer ends Cristiano Ronaldo's dream UCL return with 72nd' substitution: Full report of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match in the 13th minute. He was substituted in the 72nd minute when the score was 1-1 and United was chasing the match.

Solskjaer ends Cristiano Ronaldo's dream UCL return with 72nd' substitution: Full report of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo is off the mark for the 16th consecutive season in the UEFA Champions League. The record 5-time winner of the competition is playing in his 19th season in Europe's premier club competition and he remains as evergreen as his first season. This is Ronaldo's first UEFA Champions League campaign since he returned to Old Trafford and his 6th season overall for the Red Devils in Europe. 

The all-time leading goalscorer in the competition needed just 13 minutes to open his account for the season with the perfect striker's goal. Cristiano Ronaldo perfected his run to meet Bruno Fernandes' perfectly weighed cross-field pass, finishing between the legs of David von Balimoos in the Young Boys goal. This was the first time Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot will combine for a goal for Manchester United. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal wasn't enough to secure the 3 points for Manchester United though, as the Swiss champions came from behind to secure an upset with a 2-1 victory. Young Boys were handed a numerical advantage when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the 35th minute of the match. The David Wagner-led side pulled a goal back in the 65th minute through  Nicholas Ngamaleu before Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu completed the comeback with a 95th-minute winner.

Fans of the English side blame the loss on the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who made some curious decisions in the second half. In the 72nd minute, the Norwegian coach took out both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for the defensive-minded duo of Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic, despite chasing the winner while the game was 1-1. Ronaldo had earlier proved his attacking mettle when he scored a brace in his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle United on Saturday.

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