Ronaldo’s United Honeymoon Is Ended By American Sensation Jordan Pefok
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With Villarreal and Atalanta lying in wait, Manchester United travelled to Swiss Super League champion Young Boys knowing that three points was vital against the side 30 places beneath them in UEFA’s club coefficient.
All eyes were on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team after the manager again fielded the exciting quartet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba that’d decimated Newcastle on Saturday.
13 minutes in, Ronaldo — equaling Iker Casillas’ all-time mark of 177 appearances in the UCL — got on the end of a sublime Fernandes ball to put United up 1-0.
But in the 35th minute, Aaron Wan-Bissaka lunged into a tackle on Christopher Martins that went straight through his ankle. Martins was thankfully OK to continue, but Wan-Bissaka was rightfully not.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is sent off for this challenge pic.twitter.com/gWX8FWYBRr
With the man advantage Young Boys went about finding the equalizer in the second half. American striker Jordan Pefok (remember this moment) was introduced to start the second 45, and Young Boys deservedly drew level on 66 minutes through Moumi Ngamaleu.
YOUNG BOYS PULL LEVEL WITH MAN UTD ✨ pic.twitter.com/JDtUzJx1a1
Both sides seemed happy enough with the 1-1 scoreline. Young Boys had come back against the global behemoth that is Man United; Man United had earned a point on the road despite playing with 10-men for 55 minutes.
But then, with what was effectively the last kick of the match, Pefok took advantage of Jesse Lingard’s kamikaze back-pass and beat David de Gea to trigger pandemonium at Stadion Wankdorf.
JORDAN PEFOK WITH THE GAME-WINNER IN THE LAST MINUTE OF ADDED TIME.
— UCL on Paramount+ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 14, 2021
Friendly reminder that commentators can call him “Pefok” and not “Siebatcheu.”
Pefok now never has to buy a beer again in both Bern, Switzerland and Denver, Colorado.
— Concacaf Nations League (@CNationsLeague) June 4, 2021