Nigerian international, Umar Sadiq continued his fine form with Serbia side FK Partizan as he scored a brace in their 2-1 win over Astana, their first win in the group stages of the Europa League, AOIFootball.con reports.
Having scored twice in the league over the weekend, the Rio 2016 forward led the line for the visitors as they hoped to upset Astana in front of their home fans.
The hosts were forced to an early substitution when Zanko Tomasevic was forced out through injury with Evgeny Postinikov coming on as his replacement.
Partizan, however, took the lead on 28 minutes when Umar Sadiq headed home a corner kick from Strahinja Pavlovic to send the away bench into ecstasy.
The on-loan Roma forward was on hand to double his side’s lead 17 minutes from time when he expertly showed composure to fire home from close range to put the Serbians 2-0 up.
Umar was then denied a chance for his first hat-trick for the club on 75 minutes as his strike was canceled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee with Runar Mar Sigurjonsson grabbing a consolation for the hosts on 85 minutes.
The 22-year-old was rightly named the man of the match with a game rating of 8.4, scoring twice from his 3 shots, completing 84% of his passes and winning 7 duels.