Nigeria forward Peter Olayinka says it’s really amazing to score his first goal in the UEFA Champions League after hitting the back of the net for Slavia Prague in Tuesday’s 1-1 away draw against Inter Milan, reports Completesport.com.
Olayinka put Slavia Prague ahead in the 63rd minute, while Nicolo Barella equalised for Inter Milan late in the game.
He also made history as the first Nigerian to score on his Champions League debut since Yakubu Ayiegbeni netted a hat-trick against Olympiakos for Maccabi Haifa back in September 2002.
“Wow. For me it’s really amazing. Scoring my first goal in Champions League, it feels so great. It’s unbelievable, a lot of things was going through my mind after the goal,”Olayinka told the club’s official website.
The former Zulte Waregem of Belgium striker also reflects on the goal that silenced the San Siro.
“You know, right after the goal I just watched the linesman to see if it was an offside. After that a lot was going through my mind. Wow, it’s unbelievable. As a kid, I was watching San Siro on TV, and this moment just felt so great I could not believe it,”he added.
“After that the referee went to check VAR and I was like ´please, don’t stop this feeling´, because I was feeling so excited. And when the goal was confirmed I could finally calm down and I felt happy, it was fantastic.”
Despite the hosts snatching a draw late on, he said they can be proud of their performance against the Italian giants.
“I think we should be proud of this moment. Because Inter Milan is not a small club. It’s a huge one, one of the best teams in the world. So, we should be proud of ourselves. Unfortunately, we didn’t get three points. But we could, that should make us proud,”he stated.
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