In Thursday night Europa League clash at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Victor Boniface, the Super Eagles striker, showcased his prowess by clinching a tense 1-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen through a crucial last-minute penalty against Qarabag.
Bayer Leverkusen, riding high on a remarkable winning streak, faced off against Qarabag, the Azerbaijani side.
Xabi Alonso led the German squad, rightfully considered favorites due to their outstanding form this season.
Victor Boniface, the sharpshooter from Nigeria, led Bayer Leverkusen’s attack, receiving support from Nathan Tella on the flanks.
Despite their dominance, the match took an unexpected turn as the home team resiliently held the score at 0-0 throughout the first half.
Seven minutes into the second half, Boniface had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock but unfortunately missed the mark.
In the 82nd minute, he attempted a header, only to be thwarted by a stunning save from the Qarabag goalkeeper, denying Bayer Leverkusen a goal.
As the game approached its conclusion, it seemed destined for a goalless draw. However, fate intervened as Bayer Leverkusen was awarded a penalty.
With solid composure, Victor Boniface stepped up, executed the penalty with precision, and secured a 1-0 victory for the German side.
This triumph ensures Bayer Leverkusen’s advancement to the next round of the Europa League, with Boniface now tallying three goals in the competition.