Three Super Eagles players were on the roll call of their various clubs in Europe’s top club competition but it ended badly for two
Ahmed Musa was handed his official debut for CSKA Moscow against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The Nigerian winger, who just transferred to the Russian side played for 64 minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium before making way for Liberian Sekou Oliseh.
The match, which ended 1-1, had Musa pitting his speed and cunning on the right wing against Madrid’s experienced Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao. The draw gives CSKA a faint chance of upsetting the eight-time champions when they play the second leg in two weeks.
Before Musa was replaced, he put in an above average showing for a debutant in this most elite football competition. He also tested Iker Casilas Real Madrid’s goalkeeper on 53 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real on 28 mins while Swedish debutant Pontus Wernbloom equalised with almost the last kick of the game.
Midfielder John Mikel Obi was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat at San Paolo Stadium in Napoli. Mikel has just returned from an eight week injury lay-off and has played just 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Everton which may be the reason why he did not start in Naples.
Another Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi, who has been called up for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification game against Rwanda, came on as a substitute in Inter’s 1-0 loss to Olympique Marseille on Wednesday.
The midfield grafter came on for Mauro Zarate and had a shout for a penalty when he was brought down in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta but the referee waved play on.
Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew headed home the only goal of the encounter from a corner kick in the 93rd minute to give the French side the advantage going into the second leg.
Obi is expected to join the Nigerian team on Monday in Abuja on the road to Rwanda for next Wednesday's Afcon game.