Several African stars performed well in the European game, however, their team suffered a completely different fate on Thursday night
Karl Toko Ekambi inspired the Lyon Olympic team to beat the Rangers 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.
In a tense clash at the Ibrox Stadium, the Cameroon international led the Ligue 1 giants in the 23rd minute-after Bruno Guimaraes’ layup, he defeated goalkeeper Allen with the Rockets. McGregor (Allan McGregor).
Ryan Kent was about to return to the tie, but the brave save by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ensured that the French elite division took a weak lead at halftime.
Steven Gerrard’s team was stronger in the second half, however, they leaked their second goal because James Tavernier mistakenly scored the ball into his goal.
Nigeria’s Leon Barlogon was parading from start to finish, and his Super Eagles teammate Joe Aribo (nominated in the starting XI) was replaced by stylish Saqqara in the 76th minute.
At the Karaiskakis Stadium, Morocco internationals Yusuf El-Arabi and Mbwana Samata hit the target. Olympiacos defeated the Belgian Royal Antwerp 2-1.
El-Arabi fired the Greek team early in the 39th minute, but was cancelled due to an offside position after the VAR replay.
In the 52nd minute, the Atlas Lions scored with a header, and the header went past Jean Butez.
The lead lasted only 13 minutes as visitors equalized the score with Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta, who brought home Manuel Benson’s cross.
With 3 minutes left before the game, Oleg Reabciuk converted Marios Vrousai’s assist to score the winning goal. When Jelle Bataille was shown the way out for the second warning, Royal Antwerp’s hopes of being late to equalize were dashed.
At the RZD Arena in Moscow, Nigerian striker Tino Anjorin scored his first goal in Europe as Lokomotiv Moscow drew with the Marseille Olympic team 1-1.
Although the Ligue 1 side controlled the ball, the first chance was the host, but Fedor Smolov’s shot from outside the penalty area hit the goal post.
In the 58th minute, Nayaur Tiknizyan was led by referee Irfan Peljto for a foul in the penalty area, and the Muscovites were reduced to 10.
Cengiz Under converted the following kick to give Marseille the lead in the 59th minute.
The visiting team took advantage of the opponent’s number disadvantage to create a scoring opportunity. Even so, they performed poorly in the last third.
With one minute left before the audience, super substitute Anjolin used his late efforts to rescue Marco Nikolic’s team from failure.
Elsewhere, Nigeria international Paul Onuachou beat the Vienna Rapids 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.