Nigerian players abroad: 2018 UEFA Champions league matchday three scorecard

Uefa Champions League matchday three matches were played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Henry Onyekuru was not involved with Galatasaray due to injury, but there were some Nigerians who were in action for their clubs.

We take a look how they fared.

Ubong Ekpai played the last 14 minutes of Viktoria Plzen’s visit of Real Madrid.

The former Liberec man replaced Milan Pavel in in the Group G matchday three fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu, which ended in Real’s favour.

Ekpai, 23, who was making his ninth appearance in all competitions this season, was barely on the pitch when Patrik Hrosovsky pulled a goal back, after Karim Benzema and Marcelo had fired the defending champions into a 2-0 lead.

Plzen are rock-bottom with just a point, which was earned in matchday one’s 2-2 home draw with Russian side, CSKA Moscow.

The Czech Champions will host the 13-time UEFA Champions League winner in a matchday four clash on Wednesday, November 7 at the Doosan Arena.

234football rating: ⭐

Emmanuel Dennis was in action for Club Brugge, as the Jupiler Pro club and French giants AS Monaco settled for a 1-1 draw at the Brugge Stadion on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old bagged a yellow for a cynical foul on Youri Tielemans in the 89th minute and was replaced by 19-year-old Senegalese forward, Krepin Diatta.

Club Brugge, who sit bottom of Group A, will travel to Stade Louis II, Monaco on Tuesday, November 6.

234football rating: ⭐⭐

Super Eagles defenders, Bryan Idowu and Chidozie Awaziem were on the bench for Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Porto respectively in a Group D tie on Wednesday.

Idowu, for the first time this season, sat out a Lokomotiv UEFA Champions League group stage tie; as Awaziem’s FC Porto beat the home side — who played the final 23 minutes with 10 men — 3-1.

Idowu, 26, played the entirety of Yuri Semin side’s opening day 1-0 home loss to Bundesliga outfit Schalke and matchday two 3-0 loss at Henry Onyekuru’s Galatasaray.

Awaziem, 21, is yet to make a competitive appearance for FC Porto this season despite being listed nine times in the Porto matchday squad by Coach Sergio Conceicao.

234football rating: N/A

Olarenwaju Kayode, 25, was an unused substitute in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-0 loss to English champions, Manchester City on Tuesday.

A header from Aymeric Laporte, and well-placed shots from Bernardo Silva and David Silva condemned Shakhtar to the fourth spot with 2 points, and four behind the Etihad side in Group F.

Kayode starred for just seven minutes in Shaktar’s 2-2 draw with Lyon in a matchday two fixture on Tuesday, October 2.

234football rating: N/A


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