Galatasaray of Turkey attacker, Henry Onyekuru has another date to keep in European continental club action next year, after his side edged into the Europa League, while group rivals, Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia, who feature fellow-Super Eagles star, Bryan Idowu dropped out.
Though Galatasaray lost 3-2 at home to FC Porto in their last group game of the UEFA Champions League, footballlive.ng can report that Onyekuru and his pals snuck through, as Idowu’s side fell 1-0 away to Schalke 04.
Onyekuru was a second-half substitute in Tuesday night’s game, as the Turkish Super Lig champions fell at home in their last Group D match, but Idowu benched for all 90 minutes by Lokomotiv. Onyekuru got off the bench in the 46th minute in place of Rony Donk, but his efforts fell short, as goals by Felipe, Moussa Marega and Sergio Oliveira were enough to send Porto into the next stage of elite contest.
Eren Derdiyok and Sofiane Feghouli, who later missed a penalty, scored for Onyekuru’s side, who now drop unto the Europa League round of 32.
Onyekuru will now play in the Europa League, as his team finished third in the group, from which 1987 and 2004 winners, Porto and Schalke of Germany move into the UCL’s knock-out stage. Just like Onyekuru, Dennis Bonaventure will also play in the second-tier European clubs competition next year, as his team, Club Brugge finished third in their Champions League group.
Bonaventure and the Belgian champions garnered six points in total, as Tuesday’s goalless draw at home with Atletico Madrid of Spain helped them scale in ahead of AS Monaco to the Europa League spot.