By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu made a scoring UEFA Champions League debut for Hapoel Be’er Sheva who defeated FC Sheriff 3-2 at the Vasermil Stadium in Tuesday’s first leg second qualifying round clash.
The Nigerian midfielder drew his side level in the 43rd minute when he fired in a shot past Bozhidar Mitrev into the right corner for his first-ever European goal.
This was after Josip Ivancic had stunned the hosts with a 22nd minute opener.
Elyaniv Barda had put the Israeli champions into the lead from the penalty spot but the lead didn’t last long as Sheriff’s Josip Brezovec pegged The Camels back in the 64th minute.
But Maharan Radi sealed the victory for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in stoppage time from the spot. Ogu’s compatriot, Anthony Nwakaeme, was also on from start to finish in the encounter.
At the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, Efe Ambrose suffered a defeat in his first start of the new 2016/17 campaign for Celtic as they lost 1-0 to Gibraltar’s champions Lincoln Red Imps at the Victoria Stadium in Tuesday night’s second qualifying round Champions League match.
A 48th minute goal from Lee Casciaro gave hosts Lincoln Red Imps a lifeline going into the second leg in Scotland next week.
The Nigerian international was cautioned in the 10th minute of the encounter.
Lincoln Red Imps who have won 14 consecutive domestic titles beat Flora Tallinn in the previous round but have never progressed past the second qualifying round.