Ogu, Nwakaeme qualify for UEFA Champions League play off, Emenike also through with Olympiakos

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Israeli Premier League champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva last night qualified for the playoffs of the Uefa Champions League despite a 3-1 loss to Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday.

The duo of Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme were in action for the entirety of the game.

Wanderson scored two goals in the ninth and thirty-third minutes to give Ludogorets a 2-0 first half lead. In the fifty-sixth minute Marcelinho made it 3-0 in favour of Ludogorets. But Mohammed Ghadir scored the all important away goal to swing the advantage back to Hapoel.

With three minutes left, Hapoel’s Michael
Ohana was sent off after receiving his
second yellow card. In the end Hapoel Be’er Sheva progressed from the tie on away goals having won the first leg 2-0 (3-3 on agg) in Israel.

Meanwhile, former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike was an unused substitute in the match between Partizan Belgrade and olympiakos which ended 2-2, but Olympiakos sailed through 5-3 on aggregate.

Emenike was one of the goalscorers in their 3-1 win in the first leg.

The draw for the play off comes up on Friday in Nyon Switzerland.

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