Meschak Elia orchestrated Young Boys’ UEFA Champions League victory, assisting two first-half goals that propelled the Swiss champions to their first home win in the tournament since September 2021, securing a confident 3-0 win over Maccabi Haifa and securing their spot in the elite competition’s group stages.
In the early minutes of a fast-paced match, Maccabi Haifa’s Dean David posed a threat with a close attempt that was deflected onto the post by Anthony Racioppi. However, undeterred Young Boys swiftly took control, with Cédric Itten scoring his first Champions League goal this season through a powerful header from Elia’s delivery. The hosts extended their lead as Elia’s cross was inadvertently directed into the net by Abdoulaye Seck.
Despite Maccabi Haifa’s efforts, including a close-range header by Frantzdy Pierrot hitting the crossbar, Young Boys extended their lead further through Filip Ugrinic’s deflected long-range strike after the break. While Maccabi Haifa held possession, Young Boys’ solid defense proved impenetrable, with Racioppi denying Dia Saba’s late attempt. The result cemented Young Boys’ dominance, securing their spot in the Champions League group stage, while Maccabi Haifa’s missed chances led to their Europa League entry.