John Ogu’s Hapoel Beer-Sheva Through To Next Stage Of Champions League Qualifier

Ogu was on the pitch for almost an hour

Ogu celebrates a goal with his Hapoel Beer-Sheva teammates. PHOTO CREDIT: Ogu social media

Nigeria international, John Ogu, helped his clubside, Hapoel Beer-Sheva cruise to a 7-2 aggregate win over Estonian’s Flora at the Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium in Israel on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League qualifier.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva had won the first leg first qualifying round 4-1 away from home last week, a match Ogu missed.

Goals from Hen Ezra, Hanan Maman and Maor Melikson put the tie beyond doubt. However, Rauno Alliku did manage to pull a goal back for the visiting Estonians.

Ogu, 30, was on for 57 minutes before being replaced by Dan Einbinder.

The former Akwa United youth player was on the train to Russia for the World Cup, but was unused throughout as the Super Eagles bowed out at the group stage.

Next up for Ogu’s team is Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb in a two-legged Champions League Second qualifying round.

After the second qualifying round, there is the third qualifying round where two teams enter plus ten second qualifying round winners.

Thereafter, teams contest in the play-offs – a stage two teams enter plus six third qualifying round winners.

All teams eliminated in the second qualifying round of the league path will be given a second chance to compete at European level by entering the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League league path. Teams eliminated in the league path third qualifying round and play-offs enter the UEFA Europa League group stage directly.


Head Coach Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC Barak Bakhar. (Sept. 14, 2016 – Source: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images Europe)

Croatia were surprise finalist at the just-concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva manager, Barak Bakhar says: “We made it look easy against the Estonians. But it will be a very different story against Zagreb.

“We will have to raise our game and we saw what Croatian football is all about during the World Cup. We will prepare ourselves tactically and come ready.”



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