Akpom Plays Only 3 Minutes In PAOK’s UCL Qualifier

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PAOK Thessaloniki of Greece summer arrival, Chuba Akpom had to make do with only three minutes of action with the club in their last UEFA Champions League qualifier, as the lad on loan from Arsenal of England played as a 87th minute substitute.

Akpom, who starred also on loan at Vitesse Arnhem of Holland last season, got a cameo role in his UCL debut for his Greek club, in a 1-1 draw with Benfica of Portugal on Tuesday.

However, it was a step forward for Akpom, who had been a bench warmer in both legs of the third qualifying round against Spartak Moscow before the latest game at Estádio do Sport Lisboa.

It would, therefore, be seen an improvement for Akpom, as he got to play in front of 44,084 spectators at the stadium, just three weeks after he ended his 16-year spell with Arsenal in a three-year contract with PAOK.

Also on Tuesday, former Rangers International of Enugu striker, Chissom Egbuchulam was the hero for Falkenberg, as they secured a place in the group stage of the Svenska Cupen.

Egbuchulam netted twice, to help his side thrash their Division 2 opponents, Skoftebyn, 4-1, as he first made it 2-0 in the 15th minute before netting his second on the hour.

Same night, Moses Ogbu played his part in Sirius’s 4-0 rout of Strömsberg at Hedens IP 1 by opening the scoring and was joined on the score-sheet by 18-year-old midfield dazzler, Henry Offia five minutes from time.

In the English League One, Freddie Ladapo opened his account for his new club, Plymouth Argyle in their 1-1 draw with Adebayo Akinfenwa’s Wycombe Wanderers.

Ladapo netted his fourth league game this term after lobbing the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the fourth minute.

Lincoln City summer signing John Akinde took his tally to four goals in four matches when he converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute and equalized for the Imps in the process.

Akinde’s goal helped Lincoln recover from a goal deficit to silence Bury Town 2-1 in their League Two match staged at Sincil Bank Stadium.

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