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Europa: Henty Confident As Simon, Onuachu, Akpala Chase Play-Offs Spots

Europa: Henty Confident As Simon, Onuachu, Akpala Chase Play-Offs Spots

By Johnny Edward:

Videoton FC striker Ezekiel Henty believes his Hungarian side can overturn their 2-1 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg defeat away to Bordeaux, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The second leg comes up on Thursday in Hungary.

Henty made his UEFA Europa League debut last week coming on as a 78th minute substitute for Marko Scepovic whose goal gave Videoton FC a lifeline in the defeat.


Despite the loss, former AC Milan and Perugia forward Henry claims Videoton FC were the better team and they still have a great chance of progressing to the next round.

"We've got an away goal and if we can play like that and put our chances away at home we'll have a chance of qualifying to the next round," Henty told Completesportsnigeria.com

"It’s very much in the balance."

In Denmark, FC Midtjylland parading Nigerian pair Rilwan Hassan and Paul Onuachu will look to overturn a 3-2 deficit to Polish side, Arka Gdynia, in Thursday's  UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg clash.

Hassan was on target in the first leg in his 14th appearance in the competition while his compatriot was benched.

At the Albertpark, Ostend, in Belgium  Joseph Akpala is expected to feature for Oostende who have an uphill task of ousting Olympique Marseille from the Europa League. 

The French side won the first leg  4-2 in Marseille but the Belgian outfit must score at least two unreplied goals to qualify for the play-offs.

Akpala was replaced after 64 minutes for Richairo Zivkovic in that defeat.

In Austria, Gent will need their Nigeria trio of Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu and Anderson Esiti to advance to  the Europa League play-offs at the expense of Austrian side Altach following their 1-1 draw in the first leg played in Belgium.

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