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EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP: IMPACT ROLES FOR IWOBI, OLAYINKA, CHUKWUEZE BENCHED

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP: IMPACT ROLES FOR IWOBI, OLAYINKA, CHUKWUEZE BENCHED

Three Nigerians will be involved in the quarterfinal of the Europa League reports naijasportsgrill.com.ng.

But on a night the last 16 ties were decided, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze have mixed levels of involvement as their clubs progressed.

While Iwobi and Olayinka made huge impacts as substitutes, Chukwueze spent the entire duration on the bench.

Iwobi shoots at goal against Rennes. Image: Getty Images

Iwobi came on for Alexandre Lacazette in the 70th minute and sparked off Arsenal’s third in a 3-0 victory over Rennes. The Gunners progressed 4-3 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Slavia Prague beat Sevilla 4-3 to qualify 6-5 on aggregate but it was Olayinka’s 77th minute introduction for Milan Skoda that ignited the hosts’ attack in the game that dragged into extra time.

Meanwhile, despite coming off the bench to score against Levante last weekend, Chukwueze wasn’t brought on this time as Villarreal beat Zenith St. Petersburg 2-1 to book a quarterfinal ticket 5-2 on aggregate.

The players and their teams await their quarterfinal opponents at the draw to be held today by 12 noon.

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