Nigerian players in Europe: European cups Roundup – Nigerian wonderkid, Karim Adeyemi shines in the UCL

Ndidi returns from injury, Nigerian born forward, Karim Adeyemi makes an impressive cameo in the Champions League.

Here is how Nigerian players in Europe fared in the European cups:

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Emmanuel Dennis played the whole 90 minutes for Club Brugge as they thumped Zenit to give themselves a chance at progressing to the knockout stages.

Dennis grabbed an assist for the 3rd goal in the 74th minute, he ran down the right-wing, beat his man, and put in a cross into the penalty area.

Rating – 7/10

David Okereke came on in the 87th minute with little time to make an impact

Rating – 6/10

Club Brugge 3 – 0 Zenit

Karim Adeyemi, a Nigerian-eligible player was in action for Salzburg, coming off the bench for an impressive cameo as Salzburg grabbed an important away win keeping them in contention for a place in the knockout rounds.

He scored the third goal for his team, sealing the victory in the 81st minute with a superb run ending in a beautiful finish

Rating – 8/10

Lokomotiv 1 – 3 RB Salzburg

Frank Onyeka played the whole match for Midtjylland as they get their first point in the competition. The Nigerian midfielder was a beast in midfield and finished the match with 4 tackles won, 5 interceptions, and 13 recoveries.

Rating – 7/10

Atalanta 1 – 1 Midtjylland

Zaidu Sanusi was solid in defense for FC Porto as they played out a goalless draw with Man City. The Nigerian left-back has been impressive so far this season and would be glad as his team made it through to the knockout stages.

Rating – 7/10

Porto 0 – 0 Man City

Odion Ighalo was thrown on by Solskjaer in a desperate attempt to grab an equalizer. It didn’t pan out well as the Nigerian striker was unable to make any impact before PSG rounded off the match with a third goal.

Rating – 6/10

Manchester United 1 – 3 Paris Saint-Germain

EUROPA LEAGUE

Leon Balogun was impressive as he played the whole game for Rangers. With 5 aerial duels won and and 4 blocks, he was the best player defensively for Rangers.

Rating – 7/10

Joe Aribo came on in the 79th minute and couldn’t impact the game in the little time he was on the pitch.

Rating – 6/10

Rangers 3 – 2 Standard Leige

Peter Olayinka was good for Slavia Prague as they won emphatically to seal qualification to the next stage. The Nigerian winger created 3 chances for his team, all of which were not converted.

Rating – 7/10

Slavia Prague 3 – 0 Hapoel Beer Sheva

Kelechi Iheanacho played the whole game for Leicester but will be disappointed that he couldn’t help his team avoid defeat as he drew a blank in front of goal.

Rating – 6/10

Wilfried Ndidi made his return from injury on Thursday. He started the match but was taken off in the 56th minute as his coach was looking to avoid risking a relapse.

Rating – 6/10

Zorya 1 – 0 Leicester

Chidera Ejuke was brought on at half-time with CSKA down by a goal. He was unable to make an impact as his team lost and crash out of the Europa League.

Rating – 5/10

CSKA Moscow 0 – 1 Wolfsberger AC

Samuel Chukwueze scored the only goal in the game as Villareal won away from home. It wasn’t the young winger’s best game but he’ll be glad to have gotten the winning goal.

Rating – 7/10

Sivasspor 0 – 1 Villareal

Nigerian-eligible forward, Noni Madueke started for PSV as they grabbed an important away win to secure passage into the next round.

The 18-year old winger was withdrawn due to injury in the 38th minute.

Rating – 6/10

Ramon Azeez was not in the squad as Granada lost to PSV.

Granada 0 – 1 PSV

Victor Osimhen was not in the squad as Napoli drew away to AZ to maintain their position on top of the group table.

AZ Alkmaar 1 – 1 Napoli

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