Super Eagles duo Frank Onyeka and Zaidu Sanusi were impressive as their sides FC Midtjylland and FC Porto ground out draws with Atalanta and Manchester City respectively in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Onyeka was on for the entirety of the encounter as Midtjylland grabbed their first ever points in the competition with a highly impressive 1-1 draw with Atalanta in Bergamo.
The Danish visitors who had lost all their games in Group D before Tuesday, took a shock first half lead when Alexander Scholz rifled home a Sory Kaba drop down into the top corner.
Atalanta had thrashed Midtjylland 4-0 in the first leg in Denmark but found the visitors resolute and unyielding in the return at the Gewiss Stadium.
An avalanche of pressure finally bore fruit as Midtjylland were denied a shock win when Cristian Romero equalised for the hosts late on.
The draw still keeps Midtjylland bottom, while Atalanta missed a great opportunity to all but seal their place in the last 16.
The Italians have eight points in second place, one more than Ajax who they visit in the final group game where they must avoid defeat to progress to the next round.
Leaders Liverpool confirmed their spot in the last 16 with a slim 1-0 win over Ajax at Anfield courtesy of a Curtis Jones winner.
Meanwhile, Sanusi was also on for ninety minutes as Porto held Manchester City to a goalless draw in Group C.
City had already booked their place in the last 16 before the trip to Porto while the home side needed a point to join them in the next round.
And Zaidu put in an impressive shift at left wing back as Porto withstood City’s dominance gained the point required to progress although they had to endure some nervy moments while VAR assessed Gabriel Jesus’ late goal whick was eventually ruled out for offside.
Also in Group C, home side Marseille picked up their first win of the campaign to boost their chances of finishing third and making the Europa League as Dimitri Payet scored twice from the spot to help the French side defeat Olympiakos 2-1 at the Orange Velodrome.