​UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: Two Nigerian on target

Two Nigerian of Adeleke Akinyemi and Philip Azango was on target in their respective club on Thursday night in UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

Akinyemi scored his seventh goal in the Europa League in France when he grabbed a consolatory goal for his Latvian side, Ventspils who lost 2-1 to Girondin Bordeaux in the second leg, second qualifying game at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.

The 19-year-old striker find back of the net in the 65th minute as Ventspils crashed out following 3-1 on aggregate. He scored six goals in two games against Albanian side, Luftëtari FC.

With local media reports suggesting that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr at the game to watch the Akinyemi and fellow Nigerians Abdullahi Alfa and Tosin Aiyegun also started for Ventspils.

Nigerian forward, Philip Azango, was on target for the Slovakian club, AS Trencin who beat Gornik Zabrze of Poland 4-1 in the second leg of their Europa League, second qualifying round clash at the Futbalovy Stadion, Myjava to go through to the next round 5-1 on aggregate.

Former Plateau United winger was match-winner in the first leg notch the Trencin’s fourth goal in the 59th minute and was replaced by Osmane Bakari four minutes from time.

Norwegian club Molde FK booked their place in the next round in style after they won 2-0 at Laci after they had won the first leg 3-0 at home last week with the first game scorer Leke James replaced compatriot Daniel Chima Chukwu on the hour.

Ezekiel Henty was in action for his Croatian side, Osijek who drew 1-1 in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second leg clash with Rangers in Scotland on Thursday but lost 2-1 on aggregate.

Rangers new boy Umar Sadiq benched as Steven Gerard team advanced to the next round of the third round of the competition a 2-0 aggregate.

However, Ifeanyi Matthew’s Lillestrom crashed out of the competition after they lost 2-1 at home to Austrian club LASK as the visiting side introduced Yusuf Otubanjo late in the tie, thus went through 6-1 on aggregate after they won the first leg 4-0.

In Slovenia, the duo of Sylvester Igbonu and Kehinde Fatai helped FC UFA advance to the next stage of the competition after they played out a 1-1 draw away Domzale.

Obinna Nwobodo was also paraded by Ujpest who lost 2-0 at home to Sevilla in the second leg second round qualifying stage with La Liga giants advanced to the next round winning 6-1 on aggregate.

Efe Ambrose was from the start to the end for his Scotish club Hibernian drew 1-1 away with Asteras Tripolis to move to next round of the tournament with 4-3 on aggregate.

Author: NaijaRoko

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