Brown Ideye has a bright outing on Thursday night as a couple of Nigerian players made progress in the Europa League to the next phase.
At the Georgios Karaiskaki Stadium Ideye netted a dramatic winner in the 114th minute as Olympiacos rallied back from a goal down to beat Portuguese side Arouca 2-1 to move into the next round 3-1 on aggregate.
Ideye was not alone on the Nigerian scorers’ sheet in the Europa as former Nigerian youth international, Olanrewaju Kayode was also on song for Austrian Wien as they beat Rosenborg of Norway 2-1 in a Europa League, second leg qualifying fixture on Thursday.
Kayode scored his side’s second goal of the night as they progressed into the group stages on a 4-2 aggregate scoreline.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Emenike was benched for 90 minutes in Fenerbache’s 2-0 win against Swiss side, Grasshoppers.
Fenerbache completed a double over the modest side having won the reverse fixture 3-0.
Also in Turkey, Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, Aminu Umar, was rushed back into action as his side Osmalispor edged out Denmark representatives FC Midtjylland 2-0.
Midtylland had a Nigerian, Rilwan Hassan in their team for the night while the trio of Paul Onuachi and Babajide David Akintola, were not dressed for the game.
Osmalispor also did a double over the Danes following their 1-0 win in the first leg.
Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, was also in action for 90 minutes as his Belgian club Racing Genk moved into the group stages courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate win against Locomotiv Zagreb of Croatia. Genk won 2-0 on the night.
There was much to cheer for another international, Moses Simon, as his team Gent trounced Shkendija 4-0.
Simon however fired blanks in the encounter even though he featured from start to finish.
At the Allianz Stadium in Wien, Slovak side, AS Trencin, lost out of the competition despite securing a 2-0 win against home side Rapid Wien.
The duo of Aliko Bala and Maduka Udeh started the game for Trencin, while defender Kingsley Madu was introduced in the 64th minute.
Former Nigeria youth international, Rabiu Ibrahim, was not conspicuously missing for Trencin