Europa League: Red-hot Kayode Olarenwaju Strikes Again, Joe Aribo Shines

Kayode Olarenwaju scored for the third straight game in the Europa League as Sivasspor got their first points of the campaign with victory against Qarabag in Group I.

The Super Eagles forward scored the Turkish side’s second in the 88th minute – his third in the competition this season – after Caner Osmanpasa had given them an 8th minute lead.

The win moved Sivassapor to third, three points behind joint leaders Villarreal and Maccabi Tel Aviv who play each other later. Qarabag remain bottom without a win.

Elsewhere, Joe Aribo lasted for 69 minutes but his substitution precipitated a Rangers collapse as the Scots spurned a chance to open up a three goal lead in Group D, giving up a two goal lead to draw 3-3 against 10-men Benfica in a cracking game at the Estadio da Luz.

Rangers started on the back foot and trailed after just two minutes through a Connor Goldson’s own goal but the hosts were placed at a disadvantage seventeen minutes later after former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi received a straight red for rash challenge.

The visitors then scored twice in a minute to turn the game around, first drawing level when Diogo Goncalves put through his own net in the 24th minute and then taking the lead a minute later through Glen Kamara.

Striker Alfredo Morelos scored a third for the visitors six minutes after the break but despite being a man down, Benfica rallied late on through Rafa Silva and a Darwin Nunez goal in added time to salvage the game.

Both sides remained locked on seven points with Rangers, four ahead of Lech Poznan who bagged their first points with a 3-1 win against Standard Liege in the group’s other game.