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Olayinka equals Aiyegbeni’s Champions League record

September 18, 2019
Peter Olayinka breaks record after scoring against Inter Milan

Peter Olayinka on Tuesday became the first Nigerian to score on his Champions League debut since Yakubu Aiyegbeni for Maccabi Haifa in September 2002 as Inter forced a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday night.

Inter Milan substitute Nicolo Barella scored a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Slavia Prague just their second Champions’ League group win.

The Czech side have reached the group stage for the second time but it was Stefan de Vrij and Danilo D’Ambrosio who went close for the Serie A leaders.

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Yet Slavia deserved the lead when Peter Olayinka opened the scoring.

Barella bundled in after Stefano Sensi’s free-kick hit the crossbar, early in the eight minutes of added time.

Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar then produced a fine reflex save to keep out a Romelu Lukaku header right at the end, although the flag had already gone up for offside.

Three-time European champions Inter should have taken the lead from two Sensi free-kicks, with De Vrij heading over while fellow defender D’Ambrosio headed straight at Kolar.

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