How Nigerians Fared in the Champions League

The resumption of Europe’s premier club competition Tuesday saw a number of Nigerian internationals in action.

A Group D clash between Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow saw Bryan Idowu’s debut in the competition, even as his side fell 3-0 to the hosts.

Garry Rodrigues’ ninth-minute low drive gave the hosts, Galatasaray an early lead. Eren Derdiyok added a second in the 67th minute before Selcuk Inan late penalty in the 90th minute secured an opening day win for the Turkish Champions.

Idowu who was making his first appearance for the club since he arrived featured for the entire duration of the defeat and was yellow carded in the 60th minute of the defeat.

His compatriot, Henry Onyekuru came off the substitute’s bench to replace Derdiyok with eight minutes left to play for his seventh appearance in the competition having made six last season with Anderlecht where he failed to score in those encounters.

In the other group D encounter, Chidozie Awaziem was benched in FC Porto played a 1-1 draw away at Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena in ‎Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Swiss striker Breel Embolo scored the opener for Schalke in the 64th minute of the game before Otavio secured a point for the Portuguese side from the spot in the 75th minute.


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