UEFA Europa League Matchday Review: Bittersweet Outings For Nigerian Footballers

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Europa League Matchday Review: Bittersweet Outings For Nigerian Footballers

After two exciting UEFA Champions League match days, the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League also returned today.

These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players currently participating in club continental action.

Leicester City vs Randers (Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Stephen Odey and Tosin Kehinde)

This was our game to watch, as five Nigerians were expected to play.

Leicester City showed superiority as they crushed Randers 4-1 in the Europa Conference League Knockout Playoffs.

Ademola Lookman was a man on fire as he grabbed two assists in the encounter with Wilfred Ndidi getting on the scoresheet. Kelechi Iheanacho featured as a substitute. 

Tosin Kehinde assisted Randers’ only goal of the game while Stephen Odey was absent from the matchday squad due to suspension.

Dortmund vs Rangers (Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo)

In the Europa League Round of 16, Scottish Premiership Champions, Rangers defeated German heavyweights, Borussia Dortmund.

The Gers won 2-4 away to BVB with Joe Aribo creating two out of the four goals scored by Rangers.

Calvin Bassey featured while Leon Balogun didn’t make the matchday squad.

Porto vs Lazio (Zaidu Sanusi)

Portuguese Primeira Liga giants, FC Porto took on Italian Serie A side, SS Lazio in the Europa League Knockout Playoffs and they came out victorious.

Zaidu Sanusi didn’t miss any minute of action in his side’s 2-1 victory. 

Barcelona vs Napoli (Victor Osimhen)

Victor Osimhen started the game against the Spanish giants. It ended in a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp. Victor Osimhen played 80 minutes.

Fenerbahce vs Slavia Prague (Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor)

Czech giants, Slavia Prague ran out 2-3 winners over Fenerbahce in the Europa Conference League playoff round.

Peter Olayinka captained the side and lasted the entire the duration of the game, while Yira Sor provided the assist for the winning goal.

Midtjylland vs PAOK (Raphael Onyedika)

Raphael Onyedika was in action as FC Midtjylland defeated PAOK in the Europa League Playoffs on Thursday night. 

He got a booking for time wasting in the 73rd minute as he played the entire duration of the game.

Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt (Victor Boniface)

The 21-year-old striker, Victor Boniface made his Europa Conference League debut in his side’s 3-1 win over Celtic. 

He came on in the 69th minute as the Norwegian team ended Celtic’s 17 match unbeaten run.

Atalanta BC vs Olympiacos (Henry Onyekuru)

Olympiacos travelled to Italy for the first leg of the encounter and it ended in defeat for the Greek giants.

The pacy Nigerian attacker made his seventh appearance in the competition this season but couldn’t prevent his side from falling  2-1 to the Bergamo based side.

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