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It was a torrid night for Nigerian players in the Europa League as no fewer than eight of them crashed out of the Round of 32 stage with their respective clubs, AOIFootball.com reports.
However, there was good news for Alex Iwobi who helped Arsenal to an impressive 3-0 win at home to Bate Borisov, whilst Samuel Chukwueze saw his Villarreal team also progress to the next phase, same as Peter Olayinka who also progressed with Slavia Praha.
ALEX IWOBI: The Nigerian was on for the entire match duration as Arsenal recovered from their shock first-leg defeat to dump out BATE Borisov in London with goals from Zakhar Volkov (own goal), Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis worked the magic for Unai Emery and his lads.
HENRY ONYEKURU: The winger was on for 83 minutes for Galatasaray as they crashed out of the Europa League following a hard-fought goalless draw away in Portugal to Benfica.
Having lost the first leg 2-1 in Turkey, Galatasaray were hoping to spring a surprise, however, the host kept a compact defence as they progressed 2-1 on aggregate at the expense of their visitors.
STEPHEN ODEY: After losing the first leg 3-1 at their own backyard, Odey and Zürich knew the hope was slim coming to Naples to face a Napoli side that had an experienced coach in Carlo Ancelotti.
The former MFM striker led the visitor’s attack line before he was replaced after the hour mark as Napoli edged out Zurich 2-0 to complete a 5-1 aggregate scoreline.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE: The Eagles’ youngster was conspicuously missing from the matchday squad as Villarreal had their first leg advantage to thank as they progressed 2-1 on aggregate against Sporting CP after they both teams played a 1-1 draw on the night.
The latest development will, however, come as a worry for Chukwueze who has found it difficult in recent weeks to get into the starting XI following a change in formation by head coach Javier Calleja.
EMMANUEL DENNIS: Despite impressing in Club Brugge first-leg win over Salzburg, the Nigerian was helpless in the return leg in Germany as his side were humbled 4-0 by RB Salzburg to progress on a 5-2 aggregate scoreline.
Dennis played the entire match duration and even picked up a second-half yellow card but it was another African, Patson Daka who stoke the show with two well-taken goals for the host.
PETER OLAYINKA: Just like in the first leg, the Nigerian started from the bench before being introduced after the hour mark as Slavia Praha claimed an impressive 4-1 win away at Belgium side KRC Genk to progress to the round of 16 on a 4-1 aggregate win.
KAYODE OLARENWAJU: The forward came off the bench for the final ten minutes but could do nothing to stop his side from crashing out after they suffered a 4-1 defeat away at German side Eintracht Frankfurt to crash out on a 6-3 aggregate.
VICTOR MOSES: The 2013 Europa League winner was helpless in Russia as his Turkish side Fenerbahce failed to make the most of their 1-0 first leg win as they lost 3-1 to Zenit St. Petersburg to crash out on a 3-2 aggregate.
Moses and Fenerbahce will now switch their attention to league survival as they sit above the relegation zone on goal difference.

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