It is now a guarantee that a club from the Lithuanian top-flight club will be playing in the European Club Competition for the first time ever this season.
This piece of history will not be possible without the impact of a certain Nigerian, Kehinde Oyewusi who contributed 40% of the goals scored by Žalgiris Vilnius.
Žalgiris Vilnius secured a 2-1 aggregate win against FC Ballkani in the Champions League first qualifying round – the Lithuanian superpower needed an extra-time goal from Kehinde Oyewusi to see off the Kosovan club.
It was his first goal in two Champions League qualifying games.
Kehinde Oyewusi goal against FC Ballkani (Kos) in the first qualifying round.
The goal was a beauty to behold as Kehinde Oyewusi raced into a pass, dribbling the keeper before scoring from a very tight angle.
In the first round, the first leg was 1-1, the second leg ended 1-0 in favour of Žalgiris Vilnius.
The second qualifying round against Malmo ended 1-0 in favour of Žalgiris Vilnius and the second leg in Sweden ended 2-0 in favour of Žalgiris Vilnius.
Kehinde Oyewusi again scored in the 2-0 win second leg encounter. Again, his goal was a beauty to behold – using his pace to beat a defender before curling in a powerful goal.
Kehinde Oyewusi goal against Malmo on Wednesday
For securing a second-round win against Malmo, Žalgiris Vilnius enter the history books becoming the first ever Lithuanian club to play in a UEFA club competition group stage, with a place in the Conference League groups guaranteed as a very minimum.
Kehinde Oyewusi, 23, was an academy graduate of Flying Sports Academy in Lagos.