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EFL alumni in Champions League action

10 March 2021

A number of former EFL stars were in action in the UEFA Champions League last night, as sides from across Europe battled it out for a place in the Quarter-Finals of the competition.

Chancel Mbemba, who played for Newcastle United in the Sky Bet Championship in 2016/17, was part of the 10-man Porto side that knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus in dramatic fashion, winning on away goals after extra-time in Turin.

Serbian star Marko Grujic, formerly of Cardiff City, was also involved from the bench, as was Toni Martinez, who once played Sky Bet League One football while on loan at Oxford United.

Despite winning on the night, Juventus stars Wojciech Szczęsny - who was once on loan at Brentford in League One - and Aaron Ramsey, who came through Cardiff's youth ranks, were ultimately left disappointed following the result.

Elsewhere, while it was Leeds-born Erling Haaland who again made the headlines, 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham put in a fantastic display to help Borussia Dortmund past Sevilla with a 5-4 aggregate win. 

Bellingham was raised in the EFL at Birmingham City before being named the EFL Young Player of the Season and making his England debut back in November. 

Tonight could see more of the same, with Liverpool's Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner, as well as Barcelona's Martin Braithwaite all among those to have played EFL football. 


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