By Johnny Edward:
Ogenyi Onazi made his first start of the season for SS Lazio who edged Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Nigerian international was on for 53 minutes in the encounter that saw Balde Diao Keita’s 77th minute goal give the Bianconeri a slim advantage going into the second leg.
Onazi was replaced by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the nervy win.
Lazio last featured in the UEFA Champions League group stages in 2007.
In Portugal, Ahmed Musa was caged for the entire duration of his side CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 loss to Sporting CP.
Islam Slimani gave Sporting an advantage ahead of the second leg when he grabbed the winner in the 82nd minute after CSKA returnee Seydou Doumbia’s 40th minute strike had cancelled out Teofilo Gutierrez’s 12th minute opener.
In the Championship, Hope Akpan made his second start for Blackburn Rovers who lost 1-0 to Cardiff City who didn’t feature Sammy Ameobi for the encounter. Semi Ajayi was not listed for the game at Ewood Park.