ROUND-UP: Mixed night for Africans in Europa League
The second leg ties of the round of 16 in the Europa League produced a mixed night of results for Africans as several exited the competition.
Africa Football Shop rounds up the performances of African players in the Europa League as the competition enters the quarter-final stage.
English side Everton bowed out of the competition to Dynamo Kiew after a crushing 5-2 defeat in Thursday’s second-leg encounter at the Olympic Stadium to go down 6-4 on aggregate. Ghanaian Christain Atsu was handed a rare start but lasted only 65 minutes. Ivorian Arouna Kone was his replacement. DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani watched the match from the bench.
Mohammed Salah‘s Fiorentina progressed at the expense of Gervihno‘s Roma after a 0-3 win in Rome which sealed a 1-4 aggregate win. Salah saw two efforts come off against the woodwork while Senegalese Khouma Babacar lasted 63 minutes. Seydou Keita was withdrawn before the break but there was no place in the squad for Seydou Doumbia.
It was a good night for Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam as Napoli held out for a goalless draw in Moscow to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Ghoulam played full throttle as Napoli advanced at Dynamo Moscow’s expense.
Stephane Mbia put up a man of the match performance as Sevilla won 2-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate to progress to the next stage. Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche was replaced at half-time while Ivorian youngster Eric Bailly was given his matching orders with 77 minutes gone after a second yellow card.
Morocco’s Omar El Kaddouri‘s Torino exited the competition despite a 1-0 win on the night in Turin. The Italians failed to turn around the result against a resilient Zenit St. Petersburg.
Another Italian side Inter Milan bowed out of the after a crushing 2-5 aggregate loss to German side Wolfsburg. Nigerian Joel Obi was an unused substitute in the encounter.
It was a also a night to forget for the Africans at Besiktas Demba Ba and Daniel Opare as they crushed out to Club Brugge. While Ba lasted the full duration of the match, Ghanaian defender Opare was replaced with 71 minutes gone as Besiktas surrendered their lead. Belgium born Congolese Bolingoli-Mbombo grabbed a brace in the final ten minutes to secure the Belgians passage to the last-eight of the Europa League.