Cristiano Ronaldo has equalled Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the appearance record in the Champions League after he made his second debut for Manchester United in the competition on Tuesday. The Portuguese attacker was on target as Manchester United were beaten by Swiss champions Young Boys on the occasion of his second Champions League debut for his club.
He marked his second Manchester United debut with a brace either side of the halftime interval during the Premier League meeting with Newcastle United at the weekend. Ronaldo scored twice as the Red Devils beat Newcastle United 4-1 in front of their home fans. Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard were also on target for Manchester United, while Newcastle United got their goal through Spanish fullback Javier Manquillo. Manquillo briefly pulled it back to 1-1 in the second half after the opener from Ronaldo on the stroke of half-time.
For his second Champions League debut, it took Ronaldo just thirteen (13) minutes for him to find the back of the net against Young Boys. He was able to celebrate his joint Champions League appearance record with a goal. Ahead of the trip to Young Boys, Ronaldo had made 176 appearances in the Champions League. He made it 177 Champions League appearances during the Young Boys game thereby equalling the record of the aforementioned Casillas. Ronaldo can break the record in the Red Devils’ Champions League game at home to Spanish team Villarreal later this month in what would be a repeat of the Europa League final from last season.
Ronaldo scored against Young Boys but it was not enough to earn at least a point after the Swiss champions capitalised on the first half red card issued to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Young Boys scored two second half goals to turn the game around and secure an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United.