Only a few gamers have gone by way of their skilled soccer careers with out getting a purple card.
Sadly, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen can now not make that unique record, having obtained his first profession purple card in Napoli’s Europa League conflict with Actual Sociedad Thursday evening.
Osimhen, who’s closing in on 100 skilled appearances, was despatched off by referee Craig Pawson within the third minute of added time for a second warning.
Introduced in by Coach Gennaro Gattuso within the 61st minute, Osimhen was first cautioned within the 81st minute earlier than receiving his marching orders 12 minutes later.
Osimhen was adjudged to have elbowed Robin Le Normand whereas making an attempt to regulate David Ospina’s aim kick.
That is formally the primary time the 21-year-old striker has obtained a purple card in a recreation since he moved to Europe in 2017.
Osimhen will now miss Napoli’s subsequent journey to Stadion Kantrida for a date with HNK Rijeka on November 5.
Nevertheless, the Nigerian striker can be consoled that his workforce emerged victorious, regardless that the aim he thought he had scored was additionally chalked off.
With this consequence, Napoli are third in Group F with three factors from two outings.
Nigerian gamers’ scorecard
In the meantime, it wasn’t all gloom for Nigerian gamers within the league on Thursday because the duo of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun received 1-0 at house with Rangers towards Lech Poznan of their Group D tie.
Whereas Balogun performed for 90 minutes, Aribo got here on within the 69th minute.
A 68th-minute aim by Alfredo Morelos secured the win for Rangers.
Steven Gerrard’s facet are second in Group D on six factors behind group leaders Benfica, who’re additionally on six factors however with a greater targets’ distinction.
Elsewhere, two Tremendous Eagles forwards, Olanrewaju Kayode and Peter Olayinka, have been on the right track for his or her respective golf equipment in Thursday’s Europa League video games.
Kayode scored Sivasspor’s solely aim however they misplaced 2-1 to visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group I.
Nevertheless, Olayinka was the hero for Slavia Prague as they picked a significant 1-0 win over visiting Bayer Leverkusen.
Olayinka netted the one aim of the sport with 10 minutes left for Slavia League’s first win within the group.
Additionally, Samuel Chukwueze was on the profitable facet; serving to Villarreal to a 3-1 away win over Qarabag.