We bring you the summary action of Nigerian players across all corners of Europe in the UEFA Europa League penultimate round qualifications.
*** Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu and striker Anthony Nwakeme both saw their European dream with Isreali champions Hapoel Beer Sheva ended by Apoel of Cyprus.
They lost 3-1 on the night after previously playing a 2-2 draw at home last week.
*** Austrian Bundesliga team LASK Fc featuring Nigerian attacker Yusuf Otubanjo beat Turkish top side Besiktas by 2-1 one, but lost out on the away goals rule following their 0-1 loss away in Istanbul last week. Aggregate scores was tied on 2-2 .
*** Striker Paul Onauchu and Frank Onyeka are through to the final qualification round with Midtjlland Fc after a 3-1 win over The New Saints to complete a 5-1 aggregate result.
Onauchu who scored both goals in the first leg and Onyeka making a return to the starting eleven after two games were both subbed off in the second half.
*** Striker Blessing Eleke of Switzerland club side Luzern Fc was on for the entirety of their 1-3 loss to visiting Olympiakos of Greece who then completed a 7-1 aggregate win.
*** Scottish League leaders Rangers under the the tutelage of coach Steven Gerrard pulled a 0-0 draw away to Maribor FC of Sweden to qualify 3-1 on aggregate. But on loan As Roma striker Umar Sadiq watched the whole proceeding from the bench, while English midfielder of Nigerian decent Ovie Ejaria was subbed off in the second half.
** Midfielder Chidi Osuchukwu 24′ played the full 90’minutes for Dinamo Brest of Belarus 1-0 win over Apollon Fc.
But their 0-4 defeat in the first leg to the Cyprut side means they will not progress to the next round.
** AS Trencin parading four Nigerians including Philip Azango, Aliyu Zubairu, Emeka Umeh and Reuben Yem forced Feyenoord to a 1-1 draw in Rotterdam to advance 5-1 on aggregate.
*** The wait for Samuel Kalu’s debut for French side Bordeaux continues as he was not in the squad that beat Mariupol 2-1 to advance to the playoffs.
*** Finally, versatile defender Efe Ambrose bagged a 44th minute yellow card as his Scottish team Hibernian were beaten 0-3 away to Molde Fc in Denmark.
Ambrose and his teammates fail to go through to the playoffs with a three goal aggregate scoreline after last week’s 0-0 draw.