UCL: Ubong Ekpai Debut Ends In Embarrassing Defeat


Nigerian midfielder Ubong Ekpai made his debut in the UEFA Champions League  on Tuesday night for Viktoria Plzen but it was a bitter experience as his side why bashed 0-5 by As Roma.

Ekpai who missed their 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in their first match in  Group G, came on as a 71st minute substitute in place of Martin Zeman,  but he could do nothing to stop the rampant Italian side who were inspired by hattrick hero Eden Dzeko.

The former Akwa united and Macabi Haifa middle man will face Real Madrid in two consecutive fixtures with his Czech Republic side rooted at the bottom of their group table.

There was also a debut for Nigerian striker Kayode Olarenwaju for Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk away to Lyon in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Tyrone Ebuehi who is out injured will be pleased to see his Benfica side bounce back from their 0-2 loss in the first leg at home to Bayern Munich as they survived a red card and spirited fight back away in Greece to claim a hard fought 3-2 win over AEK Athens in Group E.

In other results,  Manchester City beat German side Hoffenheim by 2-1 while their neighbours Manchester United could only draw 0-0 against Valencia,  there was a huge upset in Russia as reigning champions Real Madrid were beaten 1-0 by CSKA Moscow.

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