The first leg round of 16 matches of the UEFA Europa League was in action in Europe with several Cameroonian in action.
FULL TIME RESULTS
FT 🇩🇪Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 0 Internazionale🇮🇹
FT 🇭🇷Dinamo Zagreb 1 – 0 Benfica🇺🇦
FT 🇪🇸Sevilla 2 – 2 Slavia Praha🇨🇿
FT 🇫🇷Rennes 3 – 1 Arsenal🏴
FT 🇷🇺Zenit 1 – 3 Villarreal🇪🇸
FT 🏴Chelsea 3 – 0 Dynamo Kyiv🇺🇦
FT 🇮🇪Napoli 3 – 0 Salzburg🇨🇭
FT 🇪🇸Valencia 2 – 1 Krasnodar🇷🇺
The performances of Indomitable Lions involved were average with Karl Toko Ekambi’s Villarreal one leg into the next round after a 3-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg although the Cameroonian watched from the bench The others barely managed draws and a defeat in this first leg matches.
MICHAEL NGADEU –SLAVIA PRAHA
The Cameroonian defender played for 11 minutes as Slavia Praha pulled a 2-2 draw with Spanish side Sevilla. Ngadeu came off to replace Alex Kral at the 79th minute of play as his side came twice from behind to level scores with Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuamn stadium. The Czech Republican club is now working toward the return leg match which comes up at the Eden Arena on the 14th of March. A goal less draw will be sufficient for the club to sail through cognizance of their 2 away goals.The current league leaders of the Czech Republlic Liga have a home advantage capable of guaranteeing a victory for them.
KARL TOKO EKAMBI- VILLAREAL
The 26 year old Cameroonian forward watched from the bench as his team humiliated Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 in Russia. Sarder Azmoun, Gerald Moreno and Manuel Morlanes all scored for the Spanish side currently struggling in the La Liga Santander. Despite away, Villarreal controlled a greater portion of the game dominating in ball possession and amount of chances created.The former Angers forward could feature in the second leg match at the 25000 Estadio de la Caramica in Spain. Villarreal have won just one of their last five home fixtures with 3 draws and a defeat.
JEROME ONGUENE- RED BULL SALZBURG
Jerome Onguene scored a 58th minute own goal as Red Bull Salzburg lost heavily to Napoli in Italy. The Italian side scored twice within the first 18 minutes with the Cameroon international defender helpless. He made matters worse for the Austrian based club when he scored in his own goal at the 58th minute. The 21 year old former Vfb Stuttgart defender has stated in 4 of his previous matches for the club. His presence will be necessary as his team prepares to overturn a 3-0 deficit score against Napoli at the Red Bull Arena in Austria.
By Emmanuel Beng
(Emmanuel Beng on twitter)