UCL: Olayinka makes history on Champions League MD one

UCL: Olayinka makes history on Champions League MD one

Peter Olayinka has become the fifth Nigerian to score on his UEFA Champions League debut after Slavia Prague were denied all three points by Inter Milan at the San Siro on matchday one on Tuesday.

Olayinka put Prague 1-0 ahead when he latched on to a rebound to slot home just after the hour mark before Inter snatched a late equalizer in added time courtesy of second half substitute, Nicolo Barella.

We had previewed this debut here

It was an impressive outing by the Nigerian who was constant trouble for Inter defenders. Apart from his second half strike, the 22-year-old also created two chances and completed 100% of his take-ons.

Wih that goal Peter Olayinka is now the fifth Nigerian to score on his UCL debut after Victor Ikpeba, Daniel Amokachi, Luckg Idahor and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

He was the only Nigerian to come out Tuesday games with any form of credibility, as Paul Onuachu, Tammy Abraham and Victor Osimhen failed to impress.

Onuachu and Genk were dealt a footballing lesson as 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland led Salzburg to an incredible 6-2 victory over Genk.

Haaland became the third youngest and eighth player in UCL history to score a hat-trick on his debut after an incredible first half an hour from the home them take a 3-0 ahead with Haaland responsible for two of the goals.

Genk did pull one back moments later before Haaland completed his hat-trick when he restored their three-goal advantage by scoring his side’s fourth of the day.

Salzburg added a fifth goal to take a comfortable 5-1 lead at the break before Andreas Ulmer wrapped up the win and three points in the second half.

Onuachu who started the game on the bench was unable to help his side after coming on for his debut with five minutes left to play.

Elsewhere, it was a debut to forget for Victor Osimhen and LOSC Lille as they left the Johan Cruyff Arena as they came, without a point.

Osimhen was caged for 90 minutes by their hosts, Ajax, who were comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Quincy Promes, Ernest Alvarez and Nicolas Tagliafico.

Meanwhile, holders, Liverpool began their title defense on a losing note after dropping three points in Naples against SSC Napoli.

The Reds were beaten 2-0 by the side coached by Carlo Ancelotti with late goals from Dries Mertens, who put them ahead via the spot and Fernando Llorente.

The result sees Liverpool become just the second reigning champions to lose their opening game of the season after AC Milan in the 1994/1995 campaign.

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