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Onyekuru opens his goal account as Olympiacos advance to the group stage of the Europa League

Henry Onyekuru scored his first goal for Olympiacos in their 2-2 draw against Slovan Bratislava in the Uefa Europa League play-off match.

Despite the draw, the Greek giants advanced to the group stage of the secondary European competition with a 5-2 victory, thanks to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last Thursday.

After making his debut as a substitute in the 74th minute in the first leg at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, Onyekuru made his first start for Olympiacos on Thursday.

Morocco’s striker Youssef El-Arabi opened the scoring for the visitors in Slovakia in the 33rd minute, but the lead was canceled out by Nigerian forward Ezekiel Henty’s equalizer for Slovan Bratislava, four minutes before the break.

It was the 24-year-old’s first goal for Pedro Martins’ team after joining AS Monaco on a four-year contract earlier this month.

Shortly after Onyekuru’s goal, Slovan Bratislava equalized again with Andre Green grabbing their second of the evening.

Onyekuru was replaced in the 72nd minute by Egyptian Ahmed Hassan Kouka, while El-Arabi made way for Marious Vrousai, but Guinea forward Aguibou Camara and Pape Cisse of Senegal played all the way for Olympiacos.

Slovan Bratislava, for their part, had Henty as the only African star on parade, while his compatriot Rabiu Ibrahim was seen as an unused substitute.

Onyekuru’s Olympiacos are now waiting for Friday’s draw in Istanbul to get to know their opponents in the Europa League.

Elsewhere in Yerevan, Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun’s Rangers qualify for the group stage, despite playing a goalless draw with their host, Alashkert.

The Premier Champions defeated the Armenian club 1-0 last Thursday in Glasgow, which made their way to the Europa League.

Aribo played for Steven Gerrard’s team from start to finish while Balogun was an unused substitute.

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