ROUND-UP: Africans in Champions League
It has been two match days of mixed results for African players involved in the last qualifying round of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.
Kazakhstan side Astana are on the verge of history after stunning Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia by taking a 1-0 lead on Tuesday night. DR Congo forward Junior Kabananga was introduced with 68 minutes gone.
Serbian side FK Partizan lost to Bate Borisov with Cameroonian forward Aboubakar Oumarou playing full throttle.
Ogenyi Onazi was in action for 53 minutes before exiting for Savic as his Lazio side emerged 1-0 winners against Bayer Leverkusen with the return leg in Germany next week.
Malian forward Abdoulay Diaby‘s Club Brugge were beaten by a Memphis Depay inspired Manchester United losing 3-1 at Old Trafford.
There were African scorers on either side as Sporting Lisbon edged CSKA Moscow at home. Algerian Islam Slimani scored an 82nd minute winner to cancel Seydou Doumbia‘s equaliser. Ahmed Musa was in full-time action for the Russian side.
Hilal Soudani scored a 66th minute equaliser as Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb over Albanian newcomers Skenderbeu. The Algerian lasted 78 minutes before making way.
Defender Efe Ambrose was also in action for 10 minutes as Celtic beat Malmö 3-2 in Glasgow coming on as an 80th minute substitute for Mikael Lustig. It promises to be a nervy affair in Malmo as the Scottish giants chase a place in the lucrative Champions League group stage.
Sofiane Feghouli scored four minutes from time as Valencia beat Monaco 3-1 at the Mestalla. Nigerian Elderson was in full-time action as Moroccan Nabil Dirar entered proceedings on the 66th minute. Adama Toure warmed the bench for the duration of the tie.