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Sierra Leone skipper Umaru Bangura played on for the full 90 minutes in last night 1-0 defeat to German side Bayern Leverkusen at the BayArena – Leverkusen on Thursday.

Bangura, 31, since returning from injury has been pivotal for the Swiss Capital club playing in all their Europa League matches thus far.

The Swiss side suffered their first defeat in this year’s competition.

However, both teams progress to the last 32 of the Europa League tournament, knocking out both Larnaca and Ludogorets, whose game finished 0-0.

“I’m pleased to be able to help the team qualify into the knockout stages (Last 32) teams, with two more games to play,” Bangura told Football Sierra Leone.

The Sierra Leone native added, “It was a difficult game playing against a top side. They are a very good side.”

“Now, we have to look forward to the next round of matches in the competition. I think it’s very important.”

The host team were worthy winners, holding on in a manner they could not do against Zürich a fortnight ago.

FC Zurich won the first meeting at home against Leverkusen 3-2, and that was their three straight victory in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Jedvaj headed in the goal from a corner, finding himself free.

The statistics say Leverkusen had 19 attempts to their opponents’ 5, and they restricted the away side to one shot on target.

Bangura's Zurich through to Europa League knockout stages

The Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura in action at the at the Bay Arena – Leverkusen on Thursday.


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