Ghanaian trio secure spots in Uefa Champions League group stages, Amartey and Amankwaa dumped out
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Ghanaian trio Daniel Opare, Enoch Adu Kofi and Karim Bellarabi have all secured their places in the Uefa Champions League group stages after garnering victories on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
But duo Daniel Amartey and Danny Amankwaa who play for Danish side FC Copenhagen have exited the competition but will get to play in the Europe’s second-tier league competition – Europa League.
On Tuesday night, crock versatile full-back Daniel Opare watched from the stands at the Estádio Do Dragão as his FC Porto side smoothed their passage with a 2-0 victory over French side Lille to complete a 3-0 aggregate win.
German-born Karim Bellarabi was in full-time action for Bayer Leverkusen who completed their qualification with a massive 4-0 thrashing of Danish Superliga title-holders FC Copenhagen.
Danish-born striker Danny Amankwaa started the game for Copehagen, picked a booking in the 30th minute and was replaced in the 75th minute.
Midfielder Daniel Amartey who was on target in the first-leg tie for Copenhagen did not travel with the squad for the game.
Swedish champions Malmo FF posted a 3-0 win over Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg to advance on a 4-2 aggregate. Former Ghana U17 midfielder Enoch Adu Kofi played the entire game for Malmo.
There was no Isaac Vorsah in the Salzburg team for the game. However the former TSG Hoffenheim defender could end up playing in the Europa League with his club if he recovers from injury in time.
Celtic have also exited and Ghanaian winger Wakaso Mubarak will play with them in the Europa League if he joins them on loan.