UEL and UECL wrap: Bayer Leverkusen's Boniface spot on; perfect hat-trick for Gent's Gift OrbanPublished: November 10, 2023
Allnigeriasoccer.com's round-up of the Nigerian players who scored for their respective clubs in European action on Thursday, November 9.
In the Europa League, German Bundesliga table-toppers Bayer Leverkusen are guaranteed qualificationtor the knockout rounds of the competition after a hard fought 1-0 win over Qarabag at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku.
Nigeria international Victor Boniface netted the game-winning goal in injury time as he converted a penalty awarded after a VAR review.
The 22-year-old has now scored 11 goals in all competitions this term, comprising three in the Europa League, seven in the Bundesliga and one in the DBB Pokal.
Bayer Leverkusen set a club record, winnning eleven consecutive matches for the first time in their history.
Elsewhere, Gift Orban went home with the match ball after scoring a perfect hat-trick - header, right foot, left foot - for Gent in a 3-2 victory over Icelandic opponents Breidablik Kópavogur in a Europa Conference League clash at the Laugardalsvöllur (Reykjavík).
Orban headed home in the sixth minute to open the scoring but the home team led at the break thanks to a quick-fire brace from Jason Dadi Svanthorsson.
In the 54th minute, Orban leveled matters from the spot with a right-footed strike into the bottom corner and completed his hat-trick with a well-taken left-footed shot at minute 69.
Since joining Gent ten months ago, the 21-year-old has bagged five hat-tricks, against Basaksehir FK, Pogon Szczecin and Breidablik Kópavogur in European competition, plus Zulte Waregem and Cercle Brugge in the Jupiler Pro League.
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