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Young Boys Stun The Old Lady 2-1, Man United Fail To Top Group In Valencia

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Guillaume Hoarau scored twice as Young Boys shocked the mighty Juventus 2-1 in their final UEFA Champions League Group H game in Bern. The little known underdogs ended The Old Lady’s 26-game unbeaten run of the season on Wednesday night at Stade de Suisse and bowed out of the competition with their heads held high.

The Swiss champions marked their name in the competition by ending Juventus’ 100 per cent record of nine victories. It was also Serie A leader’s first away loss since Sampdoria in November 2017.

Hoarau scored from the spot-kick in the 30th minute after Alex Sandro conceded a penalty for bringing down Moumi Ngamaleu in the box. He sent it low to the right post and bounced back into the net.

The 34-year-old delivered more to the home crowd when he netted the second goal in the 68th minute. He paced up through Juventus defenders and sent a low powerful shot into the same spot where he scored the early goal.

Paulo Dybala, who came off the bench after 72 minutes to replace Mattia De Sciglio, struck the only goal for Juventus with an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo before 10 minutes of the final whistle.

In another match Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United recoiled back to square one as they failed to make to the top spot after a humiliating defeat to Valencia with the same score.

Carlos Soler opened the scoring as he slid the ball into the right corner, beating United goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 17th minute at Mestalla. The visitor took more burden when Phil Jones scored a catastrophic own goal in the 47th minute following a failed attempt to avoid Michy Batshuayi.

Marcus Rashford’s header in the 87th minute was little too late to bring back the game.

Regardless of Wednesday night’s results, both Juventus and United are through to the last 16 in the competition. The Italian club finished top of Group H with 12 points, two ahead of Manchester United.