With practically his first touch of the game, the Portuguese striker managed a superb ball from his international teammate Bruno Fernandes to open his account in this season’s competition, the strike coming 12 years and 132 days after his last United goal in the League. champions.
Ronaldo now has 135 goals in competition, 15 ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi.
It had already been an eventful night for Ronaldo in the Swiss capital of Bern after a capricious shot during the pre-match warm-up hit a security guard who was near the stands.
Ronaldo quickly jumped over the billboards to check on the keeper, who was being looked after by other stadium staff.
On the pitch, things got a little tricky for United later in the first half after defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given a red card for an awkward lunge on Christopher Martins.
The Young Boys started the second half forward and their extra male advantage quickly began to show as United were forced to defend wave after wave of yellow and black shirt attacks.
The home side got the tying goal their dominance deserved, as Nicolas Ngamaleu punched in a silvan Hefti deflected cross 20 minutes into the second half.
However, despite dominating for the remainder of the game, it took Young Boys until the final kick to find a winner in front of a boisterous home crowd.
Jesse Lingard’s sloppy back pass in the dying seconds allowed Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu to get behind United’s defense and calmly pass the ball past David de Gea.
The crowds inside Wankdorf Stadium have erupted and the historic victory celebrations will likely continue until late into the night.
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