Jordan Pefok scores as Young Boys earn Champions League draw

Jordan Pefok scores as Young Boys earn Champions League draw

Jordan Pefok’s strong season with Swiss side Young Boys continued on Tuesday with the American striker scoring for the second-straight match this month.

Pefok helped Young Boys earn a 3-3 draw in UEFA Champions League group stage play, contributing his 11th goal of the season in all competitions. The U.S. men’s national team striker drew David Wagner’s side level in the 39th minute, keeping Young Boys’ slim hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive.

With Atalanta already clinging to a 1-0 advantage, Pefok tied things up before halftime, rising high to head home Michel Aebishcer’s cross. Pefok now has two goals in the UCL group stage, to go along with his three during the team’s qualifying path.

Jose Palomino propelled the Serie A side back in front in the 51st minute, but Young Boys would fight back to swing monentum into its favor. Vincent Sierro and Silvan Hefti each scored four minutes apart to boost Young Boys into a 3-2 lead with only six minutes remaining.

However, Atalanta used an 88th minute equalizer from Luis Muriel to left Bern with one point, staying ahead of Young Boys for third place.

Pefok played the entire 90 minutes for Young Boys, winning seven of his 14 individual duels, registering two shots on goal, and drawing two fouls for the club. It was the 25-year-old’s second goal this month after equalizing for Young Boys in a 1-1 road league draw with Grasshopper on November 6.

Young Boys will need to defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Matchday 6 to have any chance of jumping to second place in the group. The club sits three points back of second place Villarreal, who travels to Atalanta on December 8.