Obasi returns for Schalke in the UCL
Nigerians continued to post underwhelming displays in the most glamorous club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League as supersport.com now highlights the performances of Nigerians eight games were decided on Tuesday night.
Former junior international, Lukman Haruna has been enjoying playing time of late at Ukrainian club, Dynamo Kiev and started his first game for the club in this season’s Champions League in atrocious conditions at the Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb as their game against Dinamo Zagreb ended in a 1-1 draw.
Haruna was substituted after 90 minutes while Taye Taiwo lasted the entire game.
The club’s top scorer, Brown Ideye started the game but was substituted after 76 minutes while the other Nigerian on the books of the club, Ayila Yusuf was not listed.
Dynamo Kiev failed to progress to the round of 16 in the competition as they finished their group campaign with 5 points from 6 matches. They now drop down to Europe’s second tier competition, the Uefa Europa League.
There was some bit of good news for Chinedu Obasi as he made his first appearance in the competition for the German club, Schalke 04 in the 1-1 draw against French club, HSC Montpellier.
The former TSG Hoffenheim winger was drafted in after 86 minutes by the Schalke trainer, Huub Stevens.
Astonishingly, this was only the third game Obasi was playing for the club this season.
Schalke qualified for the round of 16 as winners of Group B.
There was no happy-ending for Montpellier’s John Utaka who has endured an injury-hit season.
The attacker came on as a 67th minute substitute in the game against the Germans at the Stade la Mosson.
Montpellier finished bottom of their group and will not even have the consolation of playing in the Europa League.