UEL Nigerian Wrap: Madueke, Onyedika, Anjorin, Onyekuru Feature, Bassey Benched
By Omolagba Oluwayemi
The UEFA Europa League on Thursday made an headway with some of Europe finest getting off on a winning start with Nigerian players also getting the job done for their respective clubs alongside those also eligible to represent the country in the second teir competition, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
From becoming hero, an assistant, a super sub and even on the bench, Nigerian featured across different centers in the opening match day of the 2021/22 Europa League season.
Paul Onuachu was the hero as his 90+2 minutes goal handed KRC Genk a 1-0 away win against Rapid Wien
Victor Osimhen strong and agile throughout the encounter, Osimhen hardworks got rewarded as he banged two goals to help Napoli secure a 2-2 draw against Leicester City having gone two goals down
Faustino Anjorin came off the bench in the 63rd minute, scored an 89th minute equaliser as 10-man Locomotive Moscow held Marseille to a 1-1 draw.
Kelechi Iheanacho Iheanacho recorded an assist to his name as Leicester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Napoli
Joe Aribo featured for 76 minutes as Rangers suffered a 2 nil loss at home to Lyon
Wilfred Ndidi was solid in the mid-field for Leicester City as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Osimhen’s Napoli. The mid-field maestro got sent off at the death of the game after receiving his second yellow card
Leon Balogun was on his defensive duties for the entire duration as Rangers capitulate at home in the opening game if Group A to French Olympique Lyon
Noni Madueke put up a decent performance for PSV as they twice came from behind to play a 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad
Ademola Lookman made a second half cameo for Leicester City against Napoli but the but the winger could do little to help the Foxes preserve their lead as they played a thrilling 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium against Napoli
Henry Onyekuru dazzled for Olympiacos as they beat Royal Antwerp 2-1. The Nigerian saw 81 minutes of action in the encounter
Raphael Onyedika was solid in the middle of the mid-field for the entire duration as FC Midtjylland were held to a 1-1 draw by Ludogorets in their opening group F fixture
Ike Ugbo was unused in KRC Genk’s 1-0 away victory against Rapid Wien
Calvin Bassey had a torrid time on the bench as he watched his Rangers suffered a 2 nil loss to Lyon
It was a relatively good start to the Europa for Nigeria players I must say although not a result some of them would’ve wanted as Europe second tier interclub returned in its full strength.
Attentions will now return to league actions over the weekend.