Ghanaian players flourished in the UEFA Europa on Thursday evening with Caleb Ekuban leading the headlines with his top-drawer show for Trabzonspor in Greece.
The 25-year-old hit the back of the net twice in the first-half to send Trabzonspor into a 2-1 lead over AEK Athens at the Olympic Stadium of Athens “Spiros Louis” before returning after the break to complete his hat-trick 20 minutes from time as the Turkish won by 3-1 in the first-leg.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands it took Dutch-born Ghanaian starlet Myron Boadu to score an 82nd minute equaliser to rescue a point for AZ Alkmaar in their 1-1 draw with cross-border visitors Royal Antwerp.
Meanwhile Hungarian side Ferencvaros dropped Ghanaian defender Abraham Akwasi Frimpong to their bench when they managed to squeeze out a point from Suduva from Lithuania.
Quartet Joseph Amoah, Alhassan Wakaso, Henry Mendarous and Abdul-Aziz Yakubu all missed Vitoria Guimaraes’ 0-0 draw with Romanian outfit FCSB.
Former Fiorentina player Maxwell Acosty Boadu was in action for Croatian side Rijeka who suffered a 2-1 loss at the Ghelamco Arena against Belgian side Gent. Ghanaian trio of Nana Asare, Elisha Owusu and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe all featured for the winners.
Dutch-born Ghanaian Cody Gakpo struck the second goal for PSV Eindhoven who dismissed Cypriot visitors Apollon Limassol 3-0 at the Philips Stadion.
Scottish giants Celtic dispatched Swedish side AIK Solna 2-0 at the Celtic Park in Glasgow with Ghanaian midfielder Enoch Adu Kofi playing 90 minutes for the losers on the night.
Dutch-born center-back Myenty Abena left it late to score the only goal of the game for Slovan Bratislava as they beat PAOK Saloniki 1-0. Defender Mitch Apau didn’t make the Slovan Bratislava squad for the game.
By El Akyereko
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