Sadiq Umar scores brace as Partizan Belgrade beat Astana 2-1 in UEL

Sadiq Umar scores brace as Partizan Belgrade beat Astana 2-1 in UEL

- Sadiq Umar opened his Europa League account for Serbian side Partizan Belgrade as they defeated Astana 2-1

- Partizan Belgrade have now gone top of Group L as they displaced Premier League giants Manchester United

- The Olympic bronze medalist will be looking to add to his tally when the host the Red Devils in two weeks time

Sadiq Umar was on target twice when Partizan Belgrade defeated Astana 2-1 in their Group L Europa League clash.

The Nigerian international scored a goal in each half of the encounter against the Kazakhstan side which moved them top of the table.

The Serbian Super Lig side are now level on points with Manchester United who played a goalless draw with Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar but have a superior goal-difference.

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Umar will be looking to add to his goals in the elite competition when they host the former Premier League champions Man United on October 24.

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Meanwhile, John Mikel Obi's Trabzonspor were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Swiss side Basel, and the former Super Eagles captain played the entire 90 minutes of the game.

Joe Aribo was missing in Rangers' 2-1 loss to Switzerland side Young Boys but Sheyi Ojo who recently pledged his allegiance to Nigeria was in Steven Gerard's starting XI.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Emmanuel Bonaventure's brace against Real Madrid has made history as the earliest goal scored by a Club Brugge player in the Champions League.

The Nigerian striker who recently got his second international call up for the forthcoming match against Brazil in October, posted a man-of-the-match performance against the Spanish giants.

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