Tuesday Jul 28, 2015. 22:11
Former Nigeria U20 skipper Abduljaleel Ajagun helped Greek club Panathinaikos come from behind to beat visiting Club Brugge of Belgium 2-1 in a UEFA Champions League qualifying clash on Tuesday night.
Kehinde Fatai outshine Ahmed Musa
‘Pana’ fell behind in front of their fans after just 10 minutes, but they showed great character to come back and win with goals in the 37 and 65 minutes.
And that was after they had defender Sergio Sanchez sent off two minutes from halftime and also missed a penalty in the 34th
Ajagun was replaced in the 46th
minute on account of the red card against his team.
Monaco won 3-1 at Young Boys after a goalless first half, but they were without Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile, who did not make the trip to Switzerland.
Interestingly, Laryvin Kurzawa, who has limited Elderson’s appearance at left back in Monaco, grabbed the opening goal in Switzerland.
Nosa Igiebor’s Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 2-1 at home against Viktoria Plzen from the Czech Republic.
Igiebor was in action for the entire 90 minutes and his mazy run into the opponents' box in the 79th minute was not crowned with a goal.
Earlier Tuesday, Kehinde Fatai was on target as his Czech club Sparta Prague pulled off a great result - 2-2 draw - at highly-fancied CSKA Moscow, who paraded Nigeria international Ahmed Musa.
The overall winners of these ties will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.