Iwobi Excellent; Moses, Odey, Kayode Crash Out of Europa League; Chukwueze Missing
Allnigeriasoccer.com‘s round-up of the Nigerian players in action for their respective clubs in the Europe League round of 32 second leg games on Thursday, February 21.
We begin at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal took on BATE Borisov looking to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit and it was mission accomplished for Unai Emery’s men thanks to an own goal from Zakhar Volkov and strikes from Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Nigeria international Alex Iwobi logged 90 minutes and put in a strong showing for the Gunners; teammate Bukayo Saka was not listed for this one.
Also through to the last sixteen are Villarreal who were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting CP at Estadio de la Cerámica.
One-cap Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze is out of favour these days at the Yellow Submarine and was omitted from the matchday eighteen.
Bruno Fernandes’s 45th minute strike was cancelled out by Pablo Fornals on 80 minutes.
Elsewhere, Ex-Nigeria U15 international Emmanuel Dennis played the entirety of Club Brugge’s away tie at Salzburg, who advanced to the round of 16 after a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Xaver Schlager fired Salzburg ahead before a brace from Patson Daka made it 3-0 at the interval, then Patson Daka scored to complete the win in the 90th minute.
Dennis, who was making his 12th appearance in European competitions, was cautioned in the 82nd minute.
At the Stadio San Paolo (Napoli), Stephen Odey started and played for an hour as FC Zuerich were beaten 2-0 by the Serie A side, who go their goals through Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas to advance 5-1 on aggregate.
It’s also the end of the road for Chelsea loanee Victor Moses after Fenerbahce’s 3-1 loss at Zenit St Petersburg, with the former Nigeria international making his third consecutive start for the Yellow Canaries in all tournaments.
Ozdoev and Azmoun scored to put the hosts 2-0 up but Topal halved the deficit just before half-time before Azmoun’s second of the evening sent the Russians through.
In the game involving Dinamo Zagreb and Viktoria Plzeň at Stadion Maksimir , two Nigerians Iyayi Believe Atiemwen and Ubong Ekpai were unused substitutes for their respective teams.
Dinamo progressed after an excellent 3-0 win with Oršić, Dilaver, Petković getting on the scoresheet.
At the Commerzbank-Arena in Germany, Olarenwaju Kayode came off the bench in the 80th minute for Shakhtar Donetsk in their 4-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Bundesliga side eased into the next round courtesy of strikes from Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller (2) and Ante Rebic; Junior Moraes replied for the Ukrainians on 64 minutes.