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Europa: Ogu, Nwakaeme Start In Hapoel, Southampton Draw; Echiejile, Ibrahim Benched

 

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles full-back Elderson Echiejile played no part in Standard Liege's 1-0 defeat away to Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in Thurday's UEFA Europa League clash.

The 28-year-old who is expected in the Super Eagles camp for next weekend's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Zambia in Ndola has made only one appearance since joining the Belgian side.

At the Ghelamco Arena, in Belgium, Nigerian midfielder Anderson Esiti came for Dieumerci Ndongala in the 72nd minute of Gent's 2-0 win over Konyaspor.

It was his second Europa League appearance for Gent and his seventh since making his debut for Estoril last season.
His compatriot, Rabiu Ibrahim, was an unused substitute in the encounter. He is yet to feature for Gent in the competition this season.   

In Israel, Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu were both handed starting roles in Hapoel Beer Sheva's goalless draw against Southampton.

The game was Nwakaeme's fourth appearance this season while for Ogu it was his ninth.
In Zurich, Raheem Lawal was handed his first start in Osmalispor's 2-1 loss to FC Zurich. His Nigerian teammate Aminu Umar replaced Dzon Delarge and failed to score in what was his seventh appearance. 

In other match day 2 matches in the Europa League Celta Vigo defeated Panathinaikos 2-0, goals from Taras Stepanenko and Viktor Kovalenko ensured Shakhtar Donetsk were 2-0 winners over SC Braga.

In Group I, Mario Balotelli strike wasn't enough as Nice lost 5-2 to FK Krasnodar while Schalke spanked Salzburg 3-1.
In Group J, a brace from Khouma Babacar and Mauro Zarate coupled with a strike from Nikola Kalinic gave Italian side Fiorentina a 5-1 win over a hapless Qarabag.

Results

 

Ajax 1 – 0 Standard Liege
Celta Vigo 2 – 0 Panathinaikos

Group H 
Gent 2 – 0 Konyaspor
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 0 Braga

Group I 
FC Krasnodar 5 – 2 Nice
Schalke 04 3 – 1 Salzburg

Group J 
Fiorentina 5 – 1 Qarabag FK
Slovan Liberec 1 – 2 PAOK Thessaloniki FC

Group K 
Hapoel Beer Sheva 0 – 0 Southampton
Sparta Prague 3 – 1 Inter

Group L 
FC Zuerich 2 – 1 Osmanlispor FK
Steaua Bucuresti 1 – 1 Villarreal

 

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