Europa League: Lookman nets brace, Ogu and Akpom benched


The European Europa league took center stage Thursday night across Europe
with the last group matches in full swing.

There was a host of Nigerian interest across various grounds, as we bring you a summary of their performances.

English born Forward of Nigerian decent Ademola Lookman scored a brace for
rejuvenated Everton, to help see off host Apollon Limassol 3-0 in the early kickoff.

Lookman scored in the 21st and 27th minutes of the first half.

Everton however failed to qualify from their group after a disastrous European campaign.

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu was listed on the bench, as his Isreali side Hapoel Beer Sheva lost 0-2 to visiting Viktoria Plzen.

His Nigerian Super Eagles and club teammate Anthony Nwakaeme, was not in the squad all together.

Alhaji Gero lasted 46 minutes for host Oestersunds FK of Sweden, as they played out a 1-1 draw to German side Hertha Berlin.

An Oestersunds Player missed a late penalty with the team already through to the round of 32 knock out stage.

Left back Kingsley Madu was deployed as a left wing back for Belgian club Zulte-Waregem, who won 3-2 over high flying Italian side Lazio.

Madu who has been struggling for matches in the Belgian league, was however subbed off a minute into the second half restart.

Attacker Alhassan Ibrahim was on for 90 minutes as his Austrian side Austria Wien, were forced to a 0-0 draw at home to Greek club AEK Athens.

Alhassan was yellow carded in the 69th minute.

Forward Patrick Eze was benched in his Turkish side Konyaspor 1-1 draw away
to Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Alex Iwobi was rested for the already qualified Arsenal, as the gunners ran riot in a 6-0 demolition of BATE Borisov at the Emirates.

The bench was the closest Chuba Akpom came to playing for Arenal, as he was an
unused substitute.

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