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Matthijs De Ligt joins Nigerian striker in Champions League history book

10 May 2019, 10:35

​Former Nigeria international Obafemi Martins was honoured after the historic UEFA Champions League game between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur at Ajax Arena on Wednesday, May 8.

The game ended in Tottenham's favour when they finished in a 3-2 victory but Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt joined the Nigerian and two other players as the only teenagers to score in the Champions League semifinal match.

De Ligt scored his side’s first goal with a towering header on his way into the history book, he joined Kyllian Mbape who scored in the semi-final for Monaco back in 2017.

Nordin Wooter who incidentally scored for Ajax in 1996 and Martins whose goal for Inter Milan against rivals AC Milan wasn’t enough to send the Blue and Black side to the final in 2003.

Martins who’s now with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua scored his first Champions League goal in a match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen to secure Inter’s place in the quarterfinals in same year, he followed it up by scoring in Inter 3–1 win at Anderlecht in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage to become the first ever teenage to score in three consecutive Champions League.

Martins has scored a total of eleven goals across all UEFA competitions.

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