Ghanaians grab goals in Uefa Champions League first-leg play-offs: Amartey and Bellarabi score against each other
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Ghanaian youth midfielder Daniel Amartey scored on his Uefa Champions League debut for FC Copenhagen but Karim Bellarabi’s strike ensured German giants Bayer Leverkusen nicked a narrow 3-2 win.
It was a night that saw three Ghanaians marked their debuts in the competition with two of them scoring in two different games.
German-born Karim Bellarabi who has cemented his place in the Leverkusen side was handed a starting spot at the Parken in Copenhagen while former Ghana U20 invitee Daniel Amartey who joined the Danish giants from Swedish side Djurgarden was also started by the host along with Danish-born striker Danny Amankwaa.
A free-kick into the area was helped back across goal by Jørgensen and Daniel Amartey nodded in from close range to register the win for the host in the 13th minute.
However, his goal could not keep Copenhagen in front for long as Bellarabi pecked it just after the half-hour mark. The German-born swept in the equaliser from their next opening after a speculative long ball had bounced into his path off the back of Per Nilsson.
Three minutes before the break, Son Heung-Min won the tie for the visitors.
Elsewhere at the Salzburg Stadium, former Ghana U17 midfielder Enock Adu Kofi saw his debut for Malmo in the competition end in defeat as Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg defeated them 2-1.
Adu was booked in first-half added-time and he lasted the entire minutes of the game.