19-years-old Nigerian striker, Adeleke Akinola Akinyemi was again on target for his Latvian club, FK Ventspils scoring a brace in their 3-3 draw away at Luftëtari Gjirokaster, with former U-17 winner Abdullahi Alfa netting the other, AOIFootball.com reports.
With a comfortable 5-0 first leg win, Ventspils were the more relaxed side as both teams looked like they were going into the interval deadlocked before the home team went ahead on the stroke half-time via the boot of Basil Shkurtaj.
With the half time whistle just minutes away, Akinola turned the game around as he scored a quick fire double to send his side 2-1 up going into the break, thus banging his 6th goal over both legs.
Further goals from Mladin Ymeraj and Vladan Milosavljev put the home side back in front but a late strike from Abdullahi Alfa ensured both sides held on for a draw with Ventspils going through on 8-3 aggregate.
Akinola is clearly making a name for himself this season, scoring 15 times in just 16 games. But the young lad will need to be at his brilliant best when they take on France’s Bordeaux in the next round.
Similarly, in faraway Faroe Island, former Super Eagles’ defender, Efe Ambrose was also on the winning side as he scored for both sides in a game that saw his Scottish team, Hibernian win 6-4 away at NSÌ Runavìk.
The former Celtic man put through his own goal just 40 seconds into the clash to put the visitors ahead.
He however redeemed himself five minutes into the second half to bring scores to 4-3 before a late double from Stephen Mallam ensured the game ended 6-4 on the night with an aggregate win of 12-5.
Ambrose and his team will now face a tougher test in the next round when the welcome Greek’s Asteras Tripolis next week as they bid to make it into the group stage proper.