Former Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC (MFM FC) star forward, Stephen Pius Odey made his bow in Europe’s second football club competition, the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
The 20 year old started for Swiss side, FC Zürich as the two-time European Champions Cup (UEFA Champions League) semi finalists edged AEK Larnaca FC one nil at the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association Stadium (GSP Stadium) in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Kosovo Albanian ace, Benjamin Kololli slotted home from the penalty spot in the 61st minute to hand his side maximum points away from home in Group A. This follows a hand ball in the penalty area.
He would then celebrate by leaping over barrier, towards the travelling supporters. Bizarrely, he fell down a huge gap in the stadium.
Odey was in action for 75 minutes before being substituted for Gambian international, Assan Ceesay.
In the 15th minute of the encounter, Odey had the chance to give FC Zurich the lead, but his right footed shot from the centre of the box off an assist from Hekuran Kryeziu misses to the right.
Then in the 22nd minutes, Pa Modou Jagne – who was late in the game giving his marching orders for a second bookable offence – found Odey with a cross in the centre of the box, but his header was just a bit too high.
Four minutes later, Odey assisted Salim Khelifi, however, the Swiss’ right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Eight minutes to the end of the first half, Odey had his right-footed shot from the right side of the box blocked.
In the 49th minute, visiting FC Zurich conceded a freekick in the defensive half after a foul by Odey on Larena Jorge.
Three minutes later, Odey won a freekick of his own – in the attacking half – when he was fouled by Thomas Ioannou. That proved to be the GTBank-Lagos state principals cup outgrowth’s last prominent involvement in the match before coach Ludovic Magnin decided to bring in a fresh player.
Next up for Odey and FC Zurich is FC Luzern for a Super League clash on Sunday. FC Zurich is currently 7th in the ten-team Raiffeisen Super League.
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