Young Boys 2 Juventus 1: Hoarau double seals famous victory

Juventus still finished top of Champions League Group H despite slipping to a surprising 2-1 defeat at Young Boys on Wednesday.

Young Boys' players celebrate after scoring their team's first goal next to Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Young Boys and Juventus.   -  afp

Guillaume Hoarau scored a double as Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Young Boys in its final Champions League Group H fixture, although the Serie A leader still topped the pool.

Having already qualified for the last 16, Massimiliano Allegri's side went into Wednesday's encounter needing a victory to guarantee first place in the group, but it was dealt a blow when Hoarau opened the scoring from the penalty spot with his 100th Young Boys goal.

Hoarau proved a thorn in Juve's side again in the 68th minute, with his sublime goal ensuring that Paulo Dybala's exceptional effort was a mere consolation, although Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post before the visitor's scorer had another brilliant strike disallowed.

Fortunately for Juve, its defeat did not cost it the leadership of Group H, as Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 loss at Valencia.

After seeing an early effort blocked on the line, Ronaldo should have done better in the 15th minute, but lashed a low effort wide with just Marco Wolfli to beat, before Douglas Costa failed to turn Mario Mandzukic's cross on target.

 

It was a risky play from Costa that led to Juve paying for its profligacy. Alex Sandro was unable to control his compatriot's pass across the area before subsequently bringing down Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu, with Hoarau's subsequent spot-kick going in off the upright despite Wojciech Szczesny's best efforts.

Hoarau nearly restored parity with a sliced clearance against his own crossbar two minutes after the restart, but the striker had his second goal at the right end when he curled in from 20 yards out.

Dybala's wicked strike gave Juve hope with 10 minutes remaining, and – after Ronaldo had headed against the upright – the Argentine thought he had rescued a point in stoppage time.

But, although Dybala's long-range effort had found the top corner, the goal was disallowed, with Ronaldo, who was evidently frustrated at full-time, having moved towards the ball from an offside position.

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