Nigerian winger Chidera Ejuke played a key role in securing a crucial away point for his team, Royal Antwerp, in their Belgian Cup semifinal clash against Oostende on Thursday night.
Ejuke displayed his influence on the team’s performance as his brilliant assist led to the opening goal of the game, Footballrover reports.
Ejuke’s Vision Sparks First Blood:
The 26-year-old forward displayed his creative side in the 24th minute, teaming up with 19-year-old Mahamadou Doumbia to unlock the Oostende defense.
This well-executed combination resulted in the game’s opening goal, putting Antwerp in a promising position.
Oostende Strikes Back:
However, the home side wasn’t fazed for long. Just 17 minutes later, Scottish midfielder Ewan Henderson equalised for Oostende, ensuring a tense and evenly contested affair.
In a balanced encounter, the Nigerian forward succeeded in registering three shots, four dribbles, and one assist in his 89 minutes of action.
A Draw-But-Advantage Antwerp:
Despite a goalless second half, the 1-1 draw leaves Antwerp with a slight advantage heading into the second leg on February 29th at their home stadium.
With Ejuke’s attacking prowess and the home crowd behind them, Antwerp will be confident of sealing their place in the final.
League Battle Before Cup Glory:
Before Antwerp focuses on securing cup glory, they have a crucial league fixture against RWD Molenbeek in Belgium Pro League this Sunday.
Currently sitting in fourth place, a win against Molenbeek will be essential for their push towards a higher league position.