EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE : Madu Sees Red. Ogu Benched. Iwobi Missing

Kingsley Madu
Kingsley Madu Sent off. Vitesse Versus Waregem


The highpoint of Nigerians on parade in the just concluded round of the Europa league matches, was marked by the sending off of Kingsley Madu after he was shown a second yellow for tripping an opponent from the rear. The Zulte Waregem left-back had only lasted 22 minutes on the pitch before he was given the marching orders. In a twist of events, Vitesse Arnhem also had their left-back sent off for elbowing. The game ended 2-0 in favor of the visitors from Belgium. Compatriot and teammate, Peter Olayinka started and lasted the duration of the encounter as Essevee’s arrow head in attack. Waregem are currently placed third in Group K.

Over to Sweden, Lerkendal Stadion. Nigeria’s Samuel Adegbenro was on parade for Rosenborg. Adegbenro started and lasted for 88 minutes in their 1-1 home draw with Russia’s Zenith Petersburg. Rosenborg are placed third in Group L.

In Group D, Super Eagles standby attacking midfielder, Alhasan Abdullahi featured sparingly for Austria Vienna in their 4-1 away trashing of Croatian champions, Rijeka. Abdullahi was not introduced until the dot of regulation time. Vienna are third on the table.

Theophilus Solomon was not listed by Partizan Belgrade in their 2-0 win over visiting Skenderbeu. Solomon is still yet to score for the Serbian outfit in a competitive match. The visitors paraded 24-year-old forward, James Adeniyi, from start to finish. Partizan are second in Group B, while Skenderbeu are at the bottom of the table.

In Group E, Anglo-Nigerian U21 winger, Ademola Lookman was handed a rare start by Everton, in their 3-0 away loss to French side Lyon. Lookman lasted for the entirety of the game. Everton remain at the rock bottom of the table.

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Likewise, Czech Republic side Zlin could not lift themselves off the bottom of Group F table, as they also lost away to Danish champions FC Copenhagen by 3-0. Zlin featured former Nigeria U23 right-winger Ubong Ekpai for 75 minutes from the start.

Former Nigeria U23 forward, Imoh Ezekiel was not listed by Turkish side, Konyaspor 0-0 stalemate away to Austrian side, Salzburg. Konyaspor is placed last in Group I.

Super Eagles duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme were listed by Beer Sheva in their 1-1 away draw to FCSB. Ogu was an unused sub, while Nwakaeme put in a full shift but was cautioned in the 25th minute. Sheva remain third in Group G.

Lugano did not list Stanley Amuzie in their 4-1 away loss to Plzen. Lugano are fourth in Group G.

Arsenal of England labored to a goal-less draw with Crvena Zvezda in the Emirates Stadium without Alex Iwobi. However, Chuba Akpom was listed, but was not pulled off from the bench while the game lasted. Arsenal top Group H.

Group J table toppers, Ostersunds fell away to Atletico Bilbao by a lone goal. Alhaji Gero started for the visitors and was substituted off in the 74th minute.

Still in Group J, Hertha Berlin paraded Jordan Torunarigha from start to finish, in their 2-0 home win over Zorya Luhansk. However, Hertha still remain fourth.

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