Europe’s second tier club competition – the UEFA Europa League took center stage on Thursday night all across Europe with Nigerian players in action for their clubs. Let’s take a look back at how they fared.
The most notable highlight posted by a Nigerian in the Europa League came from former Nigerian junior team international Alhaji Gero who scored for Oestersunds FK in their 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao.
Gero netted in the 52nd minute and also picked up a yellow card in the second half as he played the entire duration of the match.
Nigerian international Peter Olayinka played the full 90 minutes for Zulte-Waregem who drew 1-1 at home to Vitesse.
Olayinka’s Nigerian compatriot Kingsley Madu was an unused substitute for the Belgian side.
Chuba Akpom watched on from the bench as Arsenal triumphed 0-1 over 10-men Crvena Zvezda courtesy of a late goal over by Olivier Giroud.
Alex Iwobi was not in the travelling squad with coach Arsene Wenger opting to rest him.
Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu was subbed off with only 30 minutes played on the clock after he picked up an injury in the first half for Isreali champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their 1-2 loss at home to FC Steuea Bucharest.
His national team and club team-mate Anthony Nwakaeme was on for 90 minutes but could not help prevent Hapoel from a defeat. Hapoel Be’er Sheva lie bottom of Group G with 3 points and are in danger of failing to qualify for the round of 32 with three Matchdays left.
Meanwhile former Akwa United midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim was a keen observer from the bench as his Austria Wien team suffered a 1-3 home defeat to HNK Rijeka.
English born Nigerian player Lookman Ademola came in for Everton in the 46th minute as they fell 1-2 at home to French club Lyon.