In both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Conference League, several African players scored in the second qualifying round, often decisive goals. Here is a brief overview.
Champions League: Guineans on the rise
Two Guinean internationals were particularly impressive in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Mohamed Mady Camara gave Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece) a difficult but precious victory against Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan) (1-0). But the former AC Ajaccio (France) player was sent off a few minutes after his goal on the half-hour mark and will miss the return match on 28 July.
His compatriot José Kante scored one of the two goals for Kairat Almaty (Kazakhstan) against Red Star Belgrade (2-1). The other goal was scored by Cameroonian Franck Bagnack, the player trained at FC Barcelona.
UEFA Conference League: Tallo scores first European goal
Junior Tallo scored his first European Cup goal on Thursday evening as his Hungarian club Ujpest (Hungary) beat FC Vaduz (Liechtenstein) 2-1.
In Malta, Croatian side HNK Rijeka defeated Gzira United 1-0, with Ghanaian Prince Ampem scoring the only goal of the game. Another team has taken an option for the qualification for the next round, Linfield FC (Northern Ireland) beat Borac Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 4-0, with a goal from Christy Mazinga (DRC).
Ghent (Belgium) won 4-0 against Valerenga Oslo (Norway), with Moroccan Tarik Tissoudali opening his European account this season. Finland's Kuopio PS and Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava played out a 2-2 draw. Nigerian Christopher Udoh scored for the Scandinavians and Malian Ibrahim Kane for the visitors.
Finally, Rwanda's Abdul Rwatubyaye (Shkupi, Northern Macedonia) scored an own goal on Thursday night in a heavy home defeat to Santa Clara of Portugal (0-3).