UCL Wrap: Olayinka own goal earns Barcelona win in Prague

UCL Wrap: Olayinka own goal earns Barcelona win in Prague

Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka scored an unfortunate own goal as Barcelona defeated Slavia Prague 1-2 in the UEFA Champions League, UCL on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi gave Barcelona an early lead when he smartly finished off a pass from Arthur with just four minutes played.

Jon Boril equalised for Prague five minutes into the second half but Barca sealed all three points when Olayinka scored in the wrong net following a Messi free-kick which found Luis Suarez, whose cut-back deflected off the Nigerian and into the net.

A difficult result for the home side who were brilliant all night as Barcelona moved top of Group F while Olayinka’s Prague stays rooted to the bottom of the table on just one point.

Odey on target in Genk’s heavy defeat

Stephen Odey scored the consolation goal as Liverpool thrashed Genk 1-4. 

Oxlade Chamberlain scored a brace to give the defending champions a handy 0-2 lead before further goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had them home and dry at 0-4 with three minutes to go.

However, any hopes of a clean sheet were dashed when late substitute, Odey, who replaced compatriot Paul Onuachu, pulled one back for Genk a minute after Salah netted the fourth for the Reds.

At Stade Pierre Mauroy, Victor Osimhen fired blanks as LOSC Lille came from behind to share the spoils at home to Valencia.

After a goalless opening half, the LaLiga side took a 0-1 lead through Dennis Cheryshev just after the half-hour mark.

But Lille snatched a point in added time when Jonathan Ikone scored the equaliser as the tie ended 1-1.

 Elsewhere, Leipzig came from behind to beat Russian club, Zenit 2-1 at home in their Champions League matchday three in Germany.

It could have been a more comfortable night for Julian Nagelsmann’s men, but for some profligate play from second-half, Cunha.

The Brazilian came on in the second half for star forward Timo Wener after Yaro Rakitskiy’s rocket of strike put the visitors 0-1 ahead at the break.

However, following a brilliant equaliser by Konrad Laimer five minutes after the restart and another superb goal by Marcel Sabitzer to complete the comeback, Cunha was put through on goal twice.

But with just the goalkeeper at his mercy on both occasions, the substitute failed to direct either of his efforts on target as scores remained 2-1.

The Bundesliga team held their nerves for their second win in the 2019 campaign, taking them top of Group G on six points ahead of the return leg on November 5.

 

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