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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Super Eagles and Lille striker Victor Osimhen has stated that he could not sleep after scoring his first goal in the UEFA Champions League against Chelsea.

Osimhen scored his side’s only goal in the encounter that ended 2-1 in favour of the Premier League outfit back in October.

After his debut outing against Ajax, the 21-year-old led Lille’s centre forward against Frank Lampard’s side, and he cancelled out Tammy Abraham’s opener in the 33rd minute but Willian’s 77th-minute goal condemned the hosts to defeat.

Before Lille’s elimination from the tournament, Osimhen scored two goals in five matches, however, he remembers how he celebrated his maiden strike in the elite European competition.

" I could not sleep after scoring my first Champions League goal because after the game, we had a free day the following day,” Osimhen revealed to journalist.

" I couldn’t sleep, when I go home whether we lose or win, I always go down on my knees to thank God. So I was thanking God when I got home, it is a memory that will linger forever and I called my friends and spoke with them until I slept off.


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Many of my friends are Chelsea fans, but they told me they don’t care if Chelsea win or not that I’m going to score my team’s only goal in the return in London.

Later in December, Lille travelled to London for the return fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but the Nigerian forward was an unused substitute as his side bowed to a 2-0 loss.

Despite the snub by Christophe Galtier, Osimhen expressed his joy after parading the Blues’ home ground where his football idol Didier Drogba etched his name in the club’s history books.

" I was happy to be at Stamford Bridge, when I walked on to the pitch. I called all my friends via conference call that I was on the pitch because I was happy to be on the grass where my idol Drogba scored many goals. I cherished the moment,” he added.


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