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YB loses against Sporting Lisbon

Camara sees the red card shortly before the end.Image: keystone

The Young Boys lost the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League against Sporting Lisbon 1:3 and are in a difficult position before the second leg in a week.

15.02.2024, 18:1516.02.2024, 06:23

The spark should fly, says David von Ballmoos on Wednesday. The YB goalie has experienced many so-called magical nights on the European stage with the Young Boys. Among other things, the 29-year-old was also in goal when the Young Boys reached the round of 16 of the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen in 2021.

The Bernese want to go there again this year, among other things with the help of this spark, which should spread to the audience and carry YB to an exploit against Sporting Lisbon. After the 1:3 defeat on Thursday, this undertaking seems to be extremely difficult to achieve.

The third goal came shortly after the break.Image: keystone

Root’s Presence

To spread confidence and certainty of victory in the Portuguese environment, one name is enough: Viktor Gyökeres. With his transfer fee of around 21 million euros, the 25-year-old Swede of Hungarian descent is Sporting’s record transfer since the English second division club Coventry City let Gyökeres move to the Portuguese capital last summer.

A look at the statistics shows that the investment seems to be more than paying off for Sporting. In the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Gyökeres will be wearing the green and white jersey of the 19-time Portuguese champions for the 30th time; against the Young Boys, he will be alone for the first time in front of David von Ballmoos after exactly 46 seconds. The striker’s sheer presence appears to bring unrest to the home team’s backline, although Von Ballmoos is there for the Scandinavian’s first three shots. Shortly before the break he scored his 28th goal for Sporting after scoring a well-placed shot on a penalty caused by the YB goalie to make it 0-2.

Ugrinics Ausfall

It is a moment in this game when the in-form Portuguese, who are on a seven-game winning streak in the domestic league, seem to have taken complete control of this first leg of the Europa League round of 16. Since YB defender Aurèle Amenda deflected a cross into their own goal in front of Gyökeres, who was ready to take a shot (31′), they have finally appeared with the feeling of being in the lead, which they have not experienced in the last few weeks.

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But Raphael Wicky’s team found an answer straight away. The young boys combine in the penalty area via the striking Algerian Jaouen Hadjam and the Norwegian Joel Mvuka, both of whom recently joined the team. A sharp cross from Hadjam allows Sporting’s goalie Antonio Adan to bounce forward, allowing Filip Ugrinic to bring Bern’s hopes back with a powerful shot. However, the driver in the YB midfield was injured when he touched an opponent while shooting on goal (42nd).

YB didn’t have luck on their side against Sporting Lisbon.Image: KEYSTONE

Ugrinic’s loss was a dampener before the break, but the one after the break didn’t take long to arrive, as Gonçalo Inacio scored the third goal for the Portuguese with a header (48′). And it is the moment when the spark of hope that the Young Boys can still manage a surprise that evening has definitely gone out.

If they succeed in the second leg in Lisbon in a week, it would be even greater.

Camara will also be missing

Coach Wicky says what he has to say as a YB employee, namely that he still believes in his team’s progress, in a turnaround in Lisbon in a week. The 46-year-old explicitly doesn’t want to call it a “miracle”; he’s more hoping for a “perfect performance.”

But the Valaisian also knows that he will have to improvise in the already decimated central defense. After the yellow-red card against Mohamed Ali Camara, the defense center in the second leg should be formed by veteran and captain Fabian Lustenberger and youngster Aurèle Amenda. A risk against Sporting’s well-functioning offensive with the accurate Swede Viktor Gyökeres. But Wicky says: “I have complete trust in these two.”

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Young Boys – Sporting Lissabon 1:3 (1:2)
31,500 spectators.
SR Bastien (FRA).
Tore: 31. Amenda (Eigentor) 0:1. 41. Gyökeres (Penalty) 0:2. 42. Ugrinic 1:2. 48. Inacio (Pedro Gonçalves) 1:3.
Young Boys: Von Ballmoos; Blum, Camara, Amenda, Hadjam; Lakomy (81. Males), Lauper, Ugrinic (46. Niasse); Colley (61. Monteiro), Itten (61. Ganvoula), Mvuka (61. Elia).
Sporting Lissabon: Adam; Eduardo Quaresma, Matheus Reis, Inacio; Esgaio, Pedro Gonçalves (74. Trincão), Hjulmand (61. Morita), Bragança (85. Kondredi); Edwards, Gyökeres (74. Catamo), Nuno Santos (85. Nel).
Remarks: Young Boys without Imeri and Benito (both injured). Sporting Lisbon without Paulinho and St. Juste (both injured). 89. Yellow-red card against Camara.
Warnings: 21. Camara, 40. Colley, 53. Lakomy.

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