Joe Aribo goal vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Joe Aribo opens the scoring for Rangers FC in their 2022 UEFA Europa League final match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joe Aribo goal vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Joe Aribo opens the scoring for Rangers FC in their 2022 UEFA Europa League final match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Nigerian Footballers affected by UEFA’s ban on Russian Clubs

Nigerian players have performed admirably for their teams this season, but some will not be rewarded with victory.

Nigerian players have performed admirably for their teams this season, but some will not be rewarded with victory.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, has prolonged Russia’s exclusion from continental events until next season as part of sanctions imposed by the European Union to punish Russia for its ongoing conflict with Ukraine.

Early this year, the Russian army commanded by Putin invaded Ukraine, sparking a major conflict between the two countries. Russia has been the catalyst, destabilizing Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mariupol.

In Ukraine, the war has resulted in the indefinite suspension of activities, including football. While league competition continues in Russia, no football has been played since December of last year.

UEFA took action against Russia earlier this season, disqualifying Moses’ Spartak Moscow from the Europa League round of 16 this season. FIFA also barred the national squad from competing in any of its qualifying.

However, ahead of next season, the European football regulatory body has imposed new penalties on Russian teams. Next season, no Russian club will be eligible to compete in any continental competition.

Chidera Ejuke of CSKA Moscow

The news is extremely concerning for Nigerian players in the league, particularly Victor Moses and Chidera Ejuke.

Spartak Moscow is now in the Russian Cup semifinals, and Victor Moses’ team would have qualified for the Europa League qualifications if they had won.

Ejuke, who has had a fantastic season with CSKA Moscow, would also be dissatisfied, since his team is now in fourth place and on the verge of qualifying for the Europa Conference League.

Unfortunately, due to the latest UEFA regulation, they will have to say goodbye to their ambitions to play on the continent next season.

They might, however, quit their clubs because both players’ contracts are up in two years and they could force their employers to sell them.

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Aribo inspires Rangers to victory over Sporting Braga

After brushing aside Portuguese opposition on Thursday, the Gers are two games away from the final of the continent’s second-tier club competition.

Aribo inspires Rangers to victory over Sporting Braga

After brushing aside Portuguese opposition on Thursday, the Gers are two games away from the final of the continent’s second-tier club competition.

Rangers battled to a thrilling 3-2 aggregate triumph over Sporting Braga to clinch a spot in the Europa League semifinals. Joe Aribo delivered two key assists, while Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun also contributed.

Last week, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were defeated 1-0 in Portugal, but they came back to win 3-1 at home after extra time to reach their first European semifinal in 14 years.

Rangers got off to a great start at Ibrox, thanks to Joe Aribo. The Super Eagles midfielder displayed excellent vision to send a pinpoint pass to James Tavernier, who displayed superb calm inside the box to bury the ball in the bottom right corner.

Kemar Roofe headed in a second goal for the home side just as the Light Blues fans were finishing their celebrations, but it was ruled out for a handball after a VAR review.

Tavernier added a second for the hosts from the penalty spot soon before halftime, with Tormena’s dismissal reducing the visitors to 10 men.

Soon after the restart, Aribo should have added a third goal, but his rocket of a shot sailed just wide of the left post after he had raced through the middle to the edge of the box.

Rangers had many chances to end the tie, including a goal by Roofe that was deemed offside, but they were unable to capitalize. And they would come to regret all of their missed opportunities, as a David Carmo header in the 88th minute halved Braga’s deficit on the night and brought them level on aggregate.

Calvin Bassey was a rock for the Gers up until that time. Nonetheless, Giovanni van Bronckhorst did not waste any time in replacing Borna Borisic with Leon Balogun to shore up the defense.

However, no further goals were scored before the referee indicated the end of normal time.

Rangers went ahead 3-1 in extra time thanks to Aribo’s skill, as the former Charlton Athletic man laid the ball on a dish for Kemar Roof to score with a simple close-range finish midway through the first half.

And the night went even better for the Gers when Braga was reduced to nine men as Iuri Medeiros was given a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

However, Braga were unable to produce any late drama as Rangers advanced to the Europa League semifinals.

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Nigerians in UEFA club competitions quarter final preview

Nigeria has at least one representative taking part in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League quarterfinals.

Nigerians in UEFA club competitions quarter final preview

On Friday in Nyon, Switzerland, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League were drawn. 

Some teams were given considerably easier opponents, others would have to perform an upset to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s top football events.

Nigeria still has at least one representative in each of the competitions.

UEFA Champions League

Nigeria only has one player remaining in this season’s UEFA Champions League: Villarreal attacker, Samuel Chukwueze.

In a match that promises to be difficult for the current Europa League champions, the Super Eagles star will meet former champions Bayern Munich.

Chukwueze and his teammates would have to dig deep against the German giants, who boast one of Europe’s most lethal attacks. They would, however be motivated by their 4-1 aggregate triumph over Juventus in the Round of 16.

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They host Bayern Munich in the first leg on April 6, then travel to the Allianz Arena for the second leg six days later.

UEFA Europa League

Three Super Eagles players are competing in the Europa League, although they all play for the same club: Rangers. The Gers will face Portuguese side, SC Braga, in this season’s quarterfinals.

In the previous round, Rangers defeated Red Star Belgrade, while Braga defeated Monaco.

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Rangers will travel to Portugal for the first leg on April 7th, before hosting Braga at Ibrox a week later.

UEFA Europa Conference League

Nigeria is well-represented in the Europa Conference League, Europe’s third tier of continental club football. 

Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers will go head-to-head with Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor. Dessers has scored six goals and provided one assist in eight appearances for Feyenoord in the Conference League this season.

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21-year old Yira Sor has five goals and two assists in 4 games, while Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka has three goals in eight games, with both players scoring in both legs of their Round of 16 victory over LASK.

Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ademola Lookman are expected to turn up for Leicester City when take on PSV Eindhoven in the quarterfinals. 

The Foxes have had a rollercoaster season so far, but a win against the Dutch giants would be a great boost to their confidence.

Leicester will host PSV in the opening leg on April 7th, before traveling to the Netherlands for the second game a week later.

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Victor Boniface’s Bodo Glimt have been paired with AS Roma in the quarter-finals after eliminating AZ Alkmaar with an aggregate score of 4-3.

In two tries, Jose Mourinho’s team was unable to defeat Bodo Glimt. In reality, they hammered Roma 6-1 in the first leg of their group stage match before forcing a 2-2 draw in Rome.

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 17, 2022)

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UECL. Iwobi scores in Everton’s Premier League victory over Newcastle. Read the report.

Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 13, 2022)

Nigerian footballers in the diaspora did not disappoint on Thursday evening.

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Alex Iwobi scored his second English Premier League goal of the season in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Super Eagles left back, Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

The Portuguese league leaders unfortunately lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate, and bow out of this year’s competition.

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Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Super Eagles newboy, Ademola Lookman came off the bench to provide the assist for Wesley Fofana’s goal, from a corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho played all 90 mins and Wilfred Ndidi hobbled off with a knee ligament injury in the 60th minute of Leicester City’s 2-1 UEFA Europa Conference League defeat against Rennes.

The English Premier League side won the tie 2-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of the competition’s inaguaral season.

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Victor Bonfiace (FK Bodo/Glimt, Norway)

21-year old striker, Victor Boniface played the entirety of extra time as FK Bodo/Glimt earned a hard-fought 2-2 UEFA Europa Conference League draw at AZ Alkmaar.

The Norwegian champions won the tie 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.

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Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey & Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland)

The Super Eagles trio of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were all in action for Rangers during their 2-1 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Leon Balogun played all 90 mins, making one tackle and seven clearances. Calvin Bassey also played the entire duration of the game at left back, with the 22-year old making one tackle and completing an interception. Joe Aribo played 68 mins.

The Scottish champions won the tie 2-4 on aggregate however, and secured their place in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.

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Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord, The Netherlands)

Cyriel Dessers scored his fourth goal in four consecutive games to help the Dutch Eredivisie side to a 3-1 UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg victory over FK Partizan Belgrade.

They won the tie 8-3 on aggregate, advancing comfortably to the quarterfinals.

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Peter Olayinka & Yira Sor (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka captained the Czech champions in their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg defeat vs LASK. The 26-year old opened the scoring on the night with an easy finish from inside the penalty area.

21-year old striker, Yira Sor was also in action. He scored one goal and assisted another as 9-man Slavia Prague advanced with a 5-7 aggregate victory.

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Alex Iwobi (Everton, England)

Big 17, Alex Iwobi scored a 99th minute winner to help Everton clinch a hard-fought 1-0 English Premier League victory over the Magpies.

The 25-year old played a beautiful one-two with Dominic Calver-Lewin in the Toffees’ attack, before finishing calmly past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

It is only Iwobi’s second league goal of the season, and it comes at a crucial time for Everton. This win helps them go three points clear of Watford in the relegation zone with two games in hand.

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Victor Moses and Spartak Moscow expelled from the UEFA Europa League

Victor Moses’ employers, Spartak Moscow have been expelled from the Europa League this season as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Victor Moses and Spartak Moscow expelled from the UEFA Europa League

Victor Moses’ employers, Spartak Moscow have been expelled from the Europa League this season by UEFA, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the last 16, the Russian team were drawn to face RB Leipzig, who have now received a bye to the quarter-finals.

A statement from the official twitter account of Spartak Moscow said:

Spartak won Group C, which contained Leicester and Napoli.

The move came as a growing number of European FAs have said that they will not play Russian teams. UEFA also ended its sponsorship agreement with Russian state-owned energy corporation Gazprom.

This move has ended Victor Moses’ aim of winning the UEFA Europa League for the second time.

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The former Super Eagles forward won the 2012 UEFA Europa League with Chelsea football club alongside John Mikel Obi.

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UEFA Europa League Matchday Review: Bittersweet Outings For Nigerian Footballers

8 games, 11 players in action.
Here’s our Europa League Matchday review. #UEL #UECL

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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UEFA Europa League Matchday: Nigerians to Watch

These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players participating in club continental action. We’ve picked out the best games today.

UEFA Europa League Matchday: Nigerians to Watch

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

These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players currently participating in club continental action. We’ve picked out eight games for you to watch today.

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

This is our game to watch, as five Nigerians are expected to play.

Leicester City face Randers in the Europa Conference League Knockout Playoffs, hoping to improve on their patchy domestic campaign.

The Foxes enter this competition after placing third in their Europa League group. Randers have made history on the continent by making it to the knockout stages for the first time.

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

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

The Gers advanced to the last 32 after placing second in Group A, behind Lyon and their Nigerian trio will be hoping to earn a positive first leg result.

Porto vs Lazio (Zaidu Sanusi)

Portuguese Primeira Liga giants, FC Porto take on Italian Serie A side, SS Lazio in the Europa League Knockout Playoffs.

The clubs meet for the first leg at Estadio do Dragao, after the hosts were relegated from the Champions League. Their visitors finished second in their Europa League group.

Zaidu Sanusi should start on the left side of Porto’s defense barring any last-minute changes.

Barcelona vs Napoli (Victor Osimhen)

This is Victor Osimhen’s chance to make more headlines. The hardworking striker will look to add to his ten goals already this season, including four in the group stage.

Spanish giants, FC Barcelona host SSC Napoli at the Nou Camp for the first leg of their Europa League Knockout Playoff match.

After disappointingly finishing third in their Champions League group, the Catalan giants were relegated to this competition. Napoli finished second in their group behind Victor Moses’ Spartak Moscow.

Fenerbahce vs Slavia Prague (Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor)

Turkish giants, Fenerbahce face Czech giants, Slavia Prague in the Europa Conference League playoff round.

Fenerbahce will be attempting to reach the last 16 of a European competition for the first time since the 2015/2016 season. For Slavia Prague, they are attempting to reach the Europa League last 16 for the third time in four years.

Midtjylland vs PAOK (Raphael Onyedika)

Bright youngster, Raphael Onyedika will be in action for FC Midtylland.

They welcome PAOK of Greece to the MCH Arena for the opening leg of their Europa Conference League Playoff series.

Since August of last year, the hosts have only won one of their last five European games, while the visitors have only lost one of their last nine European games.

Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt (Victor Boniface)

When his Norwegian side faces Celtic, 21-year-old striker, Victor Boniface will be hoping to make his Europa Conference League debut.

Celtic on the other hand, are trying to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games when they face Bodo/Glimt tonight.

Atalanta BC vs Olympiacos (Henry Onyekuru)

Olympiacos have travelled to Italy for the first leg of the encounter. The pacy Nigerian attacker could make his seventh appearance in the competition this season.

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Wilfred Ndidi goal vs Legia Warsaw

Wilfred Ndidi rises highest to score for Leicester against Legia Warsaw.

Wilfred Ndidi goal vs Legia Warsaw

Wilfred Ndidi rose highest to score for Leicester in their UEFA Europa League match against Legia Warsaw.

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Wilfred Ndidi goal vs Legia Warsaw

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Victor Moses Assist vs Napoli

Victor Moses provided a beautiful assist in Spartak Moscow’s Europa League match against SSC Napoli. Watch the goal.

Victor Moses Assist vs Napoli

Victor Moses provided a beautiful assist in Spartak Moscow’s Europa League match against SSC Napoli.

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Victor Moses Assist vs Napoli

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