UEL Matchday 2: Nwakaeme scores in Hapoel’s defeat

UEL Matchday 2: Nwakaeme scores in Hapoel’s defeat

Viktoria Plzen got off the mark in the Europa League, but at the expense of Hapoel Beer-Sheeva, the club of two Super Eagles players, Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu.

Goals from Jan Kopic, Milan Petrzela and Marek Bakos secured the team from the Czech republic a 3-1 win over Hapoel, with Nwakaeme scoring the consolation goal for the Israeli champions.

It was the first meeting between the two sides, with the home side hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Steaua Buchuresti in match day one.

They got off to a good start when Petrzela a first half lead, following his goal in the 29th minute. But the away side were back level when substitute, Nwakaeme equalised just seven minutes after coming on.

It was no less than Hapoel deserved, but Kopic restored the home side lead, after he received a through pass before putting the ball past David Goresh in goal for Hapoel.

Bakos made sure the points stayed in Plzen when he scored Plzen’s third of the night, after heading in a cross past Goresh to hand Plzen a 3-1 win.

The win sees Plzen level on points with Hapoel, who failed to build on their win in match day one.

Elsewhere, English side, Arsenal won their second game in the Europa League, after they defeated Bate Borisov 4-2, thanks to a Theo Walcott brace.

The Gunners looked to be flying away when they took a 3-0 lead in the first 25minutes. Walcott opened the scoring in the 9th minute, before adding a second 13 minutes later.

Rob Holding put Arsenal 3-0 up when he scored the third three minutes later before Marko Ivanic pulled one back for the host just before the hour mark to make 2-1 at the break.

After the break, it was the visitors who scored again to make it 4-1 through Olivier Giroud, who scored his 100th competitive goal for Arsenal.

Bate won’t go down without a fight though, as it was 4-2 courtesy of Mikhail Gordeichuk’s 67th minute goal.

But despite the home side doing their best to add to the scoreline, it was the Gunners who held on for their second win of the Europa season.

UEL Matchday 2

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