Eagles In Europe: Olayinka, Onyeka On Target In CL playoff; Chukwueze, Ighalo, Nwakali In Action
Matches were played across Europe yesterday and some Nigerians were in actions. While some got on the score sheet, some came in late and some didn’t get to kick the ball for the entire duration.
bestchoicesports.com.ng takes a look at some of these players and their performances during the mid-week fixtures.
It was a battle of two Nigerian brothers in the UEFA Champions League playoff between FC Midtjylland and Slavia Prague in Denmark. Peter Olayinka opened the scoring for the visitors in the third minutes with a beautiful reaction after his first shot at goal was blocked. The goal gave the visitors on the night and a one nil aggregate lead before S. Kaba equalized for the home side in the 65th minutes with a lovely header.
S. Kaba missed a penalty that could have put Midtjylland in the lead in the 81st minutes after Thomas Holes handled the ball in his own penalty box. Alexander Scholz gave the home side the lead for the first time in the encounter after converting from the spot before Another Nigerian Frank Onyeka extended midtjylland’s lead in the on the 88th minutes after a beautiful 1-2 play with Kaba before Anders Dreyer added the fourth for the home side in additional time.
Peter Olayinka made way for Jan Kuchta in the 85th while Frank Onyeka played the entire duration. Peter Olayinka and his side Slavia Prague will continue their European journey in the Europa League while Onyeka’s Midtjylland progressed to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
In another UEFA Champions League playoff, Anderson Esiti was an unused sub in PAOK’s 1-2 loss to FC Krasnodar.
In England, Odion Ighalo was on for 69 minutes as Manchester United defeated Brighton and Hove Albion to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup. Richarlison made way for Alex Iwobi in the 61st minutes as Everton defeated Westham United 4-1 to progress to the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.
Samuel Chukwueze was introduced seven minutes from time in Villarreal’s 3-1 win over Deportivo Alaves as Kelechi Nwakali was not in action in Huesca’s goalless draw against Atlético Madrid.
In Italy, Ogunseye got the third goal for Cittadella in their 3 – 1 over Novara in the Coppa Italian Cup. Another Nigerian playing for Cittadella, Awua was also on the pitch for 46 minutes. Joel Obi was on the pitch as his side Chievo lost 6-7 on penalties to Catanzaro in another Coppa Italian Cup. Okoli was not on parade has his side Spal advanced to the next round of the Coppa Italian Cup after a 4-2 Penalty win over Bari.
Ogiomade was introduced from the bench in Vlašim’s 3-1 win over MFK Karviná in Czech Cup while Ugwu was not paraded in Bohemians 1905 3-0 win over FK MAS Taborsko also in Czech Cup.
In Austria’s ERSTE LIGA, Komolafe was introduced 19 minutes from time in his team’s Kapfenberger SV 4-0 away loss to Floridsdorfer AC.