The first leg of the Champions league second round of qualifiers were held tonight with a lot of Nigerian players featuring for their cl...
The first leg of the Champions league second round of qualifiers were held tonight with a lot of Nigerian players featuring for their clubs.
Here’s a recap of how well they fared.
The overall winners of this match-ups will qualify for the final playoffs leading up to the group phase of the Champions League.
Emenike Nets Brace For Fenerbache
Fenerbache’s Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike scored a brace in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against French side AS Monaco who were without Elderson Echiejile.
Emenike who missed a clear cut chance in the 23rd minute with a tame header latched on to a long pass from Simon Kjaer to beat substitute goalkeeper Loic Badiashile from close range with a simple finish in the 39th minute.
Monaco restored parity four minutes later when Ramadel Falcao when the Colombian forward capitalised on a defensive error from the Yellow Canaries.
The former Nigerian international who scored thrice in pre-season restored Fenerbache’s lead in the 61st minute with a half volley inside the box for his second goal on the night.
The 29-year-old got a standing ovation for his performance when he was replaced in the 71st minute for Aatif Chahechouhe.
Watch his goals below
Watch his goals below
Emenike's goal! pic.twitter.com/dwr9KQtdp3— Fener Int (@fenerint) July 27, 2016
GOL! Emanuele EMENIKE!! What a goal! What an amazing goal! You have got to watch this! Fener take the lead again pic.twitter.com/kjVSjmXKOp— Turkish-Football.com (@Turkish_Futbol) July 27, 2016
Ogu And Ideye Share Spoils
In Greece, John Ogu’s Israeli club Hapoel Be’er Sheva recorded a goalless draw at Olympiacos, who paraded fellow Nigeria star Brown Ideye, in a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg game in Athens
Both Ogu and Ideye started the game and Ogu was even cautioned in the 26th minute. Anthony Nwakaeme also featured for Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
In another Champions League qualifier, Rabiu Ibrahim's AS Trencin lost 1-0 at home to Legia Warszawa of Poland.
Fellow Nigerians Maduka Udeh, Samuel Kalu and Aliko Bala all started for Slovak league and cup champions Trencin.
Efe Ambrose Feature In Celtic’s Draw
Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, was in the thick of the action for Celtic who held home side FC Astana from Kazakhstan to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Ambrose played for 90 minutes for the Scottish champions and was heavily involved at both ends. Yuri Logvinen shot FC Astana into the lead when he scored in the 19th minute. But in the 78th minute, Leigh Griffiths equalised for Celtic.
Ambrose, who is regarded as a villain amond Celtic fans, almost scored a valuable goal in the 57th minute but his header from a corner kick was deflected wide.
The Super Eagles defender then made a crucial clearance 11 minutes later when a dangerous headed was sent across the Celtic goal.
Celtic will entertain Astana in the return leg next week at Celtic Park. A win or a 0-0 draw for Celtic in the return leg, will see them qualify for the play-offs stage.