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Young Boys end Juventus’ unbeaten run

AFP, Bern
Young Boys end Juventus’ unbeaten run
Juventus’ forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Champions League group match against Young Boys at Stade de Suisse in Bern on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

Guillaume Hoarau scored in either half as Young Boys inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Juventus in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday in Switzerland, but the Italians still took top spot in Group H after Manchester United lost by the same scoreline to Valencia.

The Swiss champions proved too hot to handle for the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Italians whose 26-match unbeaten away run going back to November 2017 ended in freezing temperatures in Bern.

France forward Hoarau slotted in the first after half an hour from the spot at the Stade de Suisse, blasting in the second after 68 minutes to lift the spirits of his already-eliminated side who finished bottom of the group.

Paulo Dybala -- who scored a hat-trick in Juve’s 3-0 home win in Turin -- came off the bench just after the second goal and pulled one back for Massimiliano Allegri’s side ten minutes from time and had a second disallowed in injury time.

Juventus finish top of Group H on 12 points with United on ten, Valencia on eight and Young Boys with four.

“We achieved our objective by winning the group, even on a night where everything seemed to go wrong, maybe we weren’t focused enough,” said Allegri.

Ronaldo, the record scorer in the elite European competition with 120 goals, started the final group match despite Juventus already having secured a berth in the knock-out round as Allegri wanted to ensure his side avoided being drawn against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the next round.

“Now the best part of the Champions League is coming,” said Ronaldo, who has lifted the trophy five times.

Ronaldo had three chances to put Juventus on the scoreboard in the first half, but the visitors were impacted by Juan Cuadrado going off injured after twenty minutes with Alex Sandro coming off the bench.

Minutes later Brazilian Sandro conceded a penalty for bringing down Cameroonian midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu in the box.

Hoarau stepped up with Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at full stretch getting his fingers to the ball as it clipped the post and bounced back into the net.

The hosts came close to scoring a second just after the hour mark but Szczesny held Christian Fassnacht’s header.

Hoarau again broke through after 68 minutes with Ngamaleu crossing to the French attacker who powered forward, cutting past Leonardo Bonucci to beat Szczesny.

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