The UEFA Women Champions League returned to the centre stage on Wednesday afternoon with mixed fortunes for Nigerian stars.
Asisat Oshoala got her name on the goalscorer’s sheet as Barcelona humbled PSV 4-1 at the Sport complex De Herdgang in Eindhoven.
The visitors needed little time to settle into the game as Jenni Hermoso found the back of the net with barely four minutes on the clock.
It was, however, not until the closing stages of the half before the Spanish champions doubled their advantage via a Van den Berg’s own goal.
Four-time African Women Player of the Year winner Oshoala then compounded the hosts’ woes with a delightful finish to make it 3-nil before Martens sealed the win in the 75th-minute.
Smits got PSV their consolation goal a minute before regulation time, but it could not dent the Barcelona Ladies’ joy at the end of the encounter.
In Portugal, young Nigerian midfielder Christy Ucheibe was sent off for a second bookable offence as her club SL Benfica suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
It was already 4-0 by halftime thanks to goals from Bright, Mosegaard-Harder, and a Kirby brace before Bethany England added the cherry ten minutes into the second half.
Any hope of the home side launching an improbable comeback inside the Caixa Futebol Campus Stadium was extinguished midway into the second period after 19-year-old Ucheibe received her second caution of the afternoon.