Aubameyang, Asamoah hoping to make big mark in UCL tonight

Aubameyang, Asamoah hoping to make big mark in UCL tonight
Kwadwo Asamoah

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017. 11:00

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kwadwo Asamoah are set to highlight Africa’s representation when the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals get underway this evening.

Gabonese attacker Aubameyang will represent Borussia Dortmund’s major attacking weapon when they host French Ligue 1 Monaco at the Signal-Iduna Park, with the 26-year-old having surpassed the 30-goal mark in all competitions already this season.

For their part, Monaco can call on Moroccan midfielder Nabil Dirar and Malian-born defender Almamy Toure, though neither player is a first-team regular under coach Leonardo Jardim.

The other tie on Tuesday night sees a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final as Juventus host Barcelona in Turin.

The Italian side can call on a trio of Africans in Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, Gabon’s Mario Lemina and Moroccan centre-back Mehdi Benatia, though none of the three are regular starters for Max Allegri’s side.

The return leg matches for tonight’s ties will be held next Wednesday, 19 April.

UEFA Champions League fixtures, Tuesday 11 April
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco, 20h45 CAT
Juventus v Barcelona, 20h45 CAT

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