Yet another thrilling Europa League match at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium saw Super Eagles striker Victor Boniface prove his mettle, securing a nail-biting 1-0 victory for Bayer Leverkusen with a crucial last-minute penalty kick against Qarabag.
Bayer Leverkusen, who had been on an impressive winning streak, were up against Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag, Footballrover reports
The German side, led by Xabi Alonso, was considered the favorites, given their exceptional form this season.
The Nigerian sharpshooter, Victor Boniface, spearheaded the attack for Bayer Leverkusen, with Nathan Tella providing support on the flanks.
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However, the match didn’t unfold as expected as the home team put up a resilient defense, holding the scoreline at 0-0 throughout the first half.
Boniface had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half but unfortunately missed the mark.
In the 82nd minute, Boniface had yet another chance, this time with a header, but the Qarabag goalkeeper made a stunning save, denying Bayer Leverkusen a goal.
As the game neared its end, it seemed destined for a goalless draw. However, in the dying moments, Bayer Leverkusen was awarded a penalty.
With composure, Victor Boniface stepped up to take the penalty and executed it with precision, delivering a 1-0 victory for the German side.
This victory guarantees Bayer Leverkusen’s progression to the next round of the Europa League, with Boniface now having three goals in the competition.
Their focus now shifts to an upcoming clash with Union Berlin on Sunday, as they aim to maintain their impressive Bundesliga lead at the top of the table.