Plenty Of Action For Nigerian Players In The UEFA Europa League


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.

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