Nigerian Players Set European Leagues Alight


It was another good weekend for Nigerian players playing abroad as some players recalled by the Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, celebrated their recalls with resounding performances that fetched their teams three points in supposedly difficult away matches.

England

Victor Moses followed up his splendid debut for West Ham in the 2-0 win over Newcastle last Monday with another resounding performance which he capped with a goal – the first that Manchester City were conceding in the 2015/16 EPL season. Moses received the ball from Dmitri Payet in space in front of the City box and shot from 25 yards to beat Joe Hart. He was also inadvertently involved in the second which came from a corner kick.

Odion Ighalo continued his very fine form as he scored a double to hand Watford their first away victory of the campaign – a 2-1 win over a hapless Newcastle side. His first was a shot through the leg of a Newcastle defender and his second was a cool take as he ran unto a good pass from Troy Deeney and rounded Tim Krul for his fourth goal of the seven-week league.

Kelechi Iheanacho could not re-enact his last minute heroics against West Ham, who shocked the league leaders 2-1. Iheanacho came on for Alexandar Kolarov in the 84th minute but the Hammers held firmly to their lead to inflict the first defeat and the first goals conceded in the league this season on Man City.

Mikel Obi saw action for seven minutes as Chelsea steadied their season with a 2-0 win over Arsenal with the match marred by two sending off for Arsenal’s Gabriel and Santi Cazorla.

Stoke City’s bad start to the season continued on Saturday as the Potters lost a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Leicester and Osaze Odemwingie came off the bench for his first appearance in the season in the 82nd minute to replace Stoke’s first scorer, Bojan.

 


Dele Alli started and played all 90 minutes as Tottenham got another 1-0 win at home to a dangerous Crystal Palace team. The Anglo-Nigerian midfielder followed up his midweek appearance in the Europa League with another steady showing. Alli has now played five matches in the league this season.

France

Vincent Enyeama kept another clean sheet against Rennes but he was shown a straight red card for the first time in his career as the goalkeeper for Lille on Friday at the newly inaugurated Roazhon Park.

Lille took the lead in the 49th minute through Sofiane Boufal and they seemed to have the momentum and were seriously in control before the 70th when drama ensued when Kamil Grosicki sent a cross into the box and Giovanni Sio seemed to collide with Enyeama and tumbled to the ground. Suprisingly Referee Stephane Jochem decided to award a penalty and to show Enyeama a red card. Substitute goalkeeper Mike Maignan saved Paul-Georges Ntep kick but Ntep got the equaliser on 74 minutes to rescue a point.

Elderson Echiejile started on the bench as Monaco were defeated 3-2 at home by Lorient. Echiejile, recall to the Super Eagles gave way to Fabio Coentrao, who is on loan from Real Madrid.

Germany

Anthony Ujah played all 90 minutes as Werder Bremen was beaten 1-0 at home by newly promoted Ingolstadt and the killer goal came in the game’s additional time through a penalty. Bremen fell to ninth on the table and ujah has two goals in the first five games.

Leon Balogun was on the bench for all 90 minutes as Mainz came back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Italy

Jerry Mbakogu started on the bench in their 1-0 home loss to Fiorentina on Sunday at the Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena. Mbakogu was benched for Marco Borriello but he came on for the last 19 minutes of the game as the home side chased an equalizer, which was not to be. It was Carpi’s third loss in the four-week old league and they have just one point. Mbakogu is yet to open his goals account for the season.

Joel Obi reverted to the bench after making his first start last weekend and he was not needed as Torino won 2-0 against Sampdoria. Fabio Quagliarella got both goals for the home side.

 


Ogenyi Onazi made his first appearance in Serie A this season for Lazio ad it was a crushing 5-0 defeat away to Napoli. The Nigerian midfielder had played 90 minutes against Dnipro on Thursday. Lazio have six points from five games.

Spain

Isaac Success played his fourth match of the season for Granada on Saturday away to Real Madrid and the Nigerian forward lasted 61 minutes in the 1-0 loss. The U-20 forward has scored once this season and against Real, he made two shot attempts with one on target. He also completed 80% of his passes.

Belgium

Joseph Akpala could not add to his three goals for KV Oostende but they won 1-0 at home against Kortrijk, courtesy of another goal from Gohi Cyriac and thus kept their lead on the table. Saviour Godwin was on the bench for all 90 minutes.

Nigeria U-20 defender Onyinye Ndidi was benched for all 90 minutes as Genk defeated Mechelen 3-1. Ndidi has played five games in the new season.

Imoh Ezekiel started his first match for Anderlecht in their 1-1 draw away at Sporting Charleroi. Another Nigerian, Stefano Chuka Okaka got Anderlecht’s goal in the 59th minute but Jeremy Perbet equalized for the home side in the 77th minute. Ezekiel has played seven league games this season – a total of 254 minutes, and he is still looking for his first goal.

Moses Simon came off the bench for Gent on 29 minutes for the injured Yaya Soumahoro and the Nigerian assisted his first goal of the campaign in the 42nd as Gent got the equalizer against Standard Liege. Gent went on to win 4-1, their first win in five matches. The win took them up to fifth on the table with 14 points. Moses has played all eight league matches this season and is yet to open his goal account.

Turkey

Godfrey Oboabona played all 90 minutes and scored his first goal of the season in his side’s 5-1 win over Antalyaspor. The defender scored with a header in the third minute and was shown a red card in the 55th minute. Oboabona has played all Rizespor’s games this season and they have climbed to fourth on the table.

Raheem Lawal’s Eskişehirspor lost 3-0 at home on Saturday to Kenneth Omeruo’s Kasimpasa. and both players received yellow cards – Lawal in the 19th minute and Omeruo in the 70th – his first for the season. Kasimpasa moved to fifth on the table while Eskişehirspor fell to 14th with just four points from five matches.

John Chibuike was on the pitch for 59 minutes for Gaziantepspor and they prevailed 1-0 over Kayserispor. Muhammed Ildiz replaced Chibuike and was then shown two yellow cards in the encounter. Chibuike’s compatriot, Gbenga Arokoyo, came off the bench in the 90th minute as the home side took all three points.

Russia

Ahmed Musa was at the centre of a crazy game that featured 10 goals on Sunday. CSKA Moscow were down by three goals in the first 15 minutes away to Mordovia Saransk but rallied back to win the tie 6-4. Musa got the equalizer for his team on 80 minutes to make it 4-4. He then scored te fifth goal five minutes later before Seydou Doumbia added a sixth on 88 minutes. CSKA thus preserved their lead atop the table, with 25 points from their first nine matches. Musa has played all nine matches and has scored five goals.

 


Newly capped Super Eagles, Sylvester Igbonu, came back into the the team after his red card against Locomotiv Moscow and scored from the penalty spot but FC Ufa lost 4-1 away to Terek Grozny on Saturday. It was the Nigerian forward’s second goal for the team in seven league games after his transfer from Midtjylland.

Haruna Lukman played all 90 minutes for Anzhi but they lost again – 1-0 away to Rostov. Anzhi are in 14th place in the 16-team league, with only five points from nine matches – having lost six of the nine. Lukman has lost out of his place in the Super Eagles and his side are doing poorly in the Russian league.

Slovakia

Rabiu Ibrahim was not listed for Trencin’s 0-0 away result at Slovan Bratislava on Sunday. But both Kingsley Madu and Aliko Bala played. Madu played all 90 minutes but Bala came on for the last six minutes. Trencin still lead the Slovakia league with 23 points from nine matches.

Norway

Two Nigerians, Samuel Adegbenro and Suleiman Abdullahi were on for 90 minutes as Vikings were held to a 1-1 result by Stromsgodset last Friday. The 19-year-old Adegbenro scored the equalizer off an assist from Abdullahi in the 78th minute after Iver Fossum had scored the opener on 15 minutes. Adegbenro has scored four goals in 19 league appearances while 18-year-old Abdullahi has six goals from 21 games. Marco Tagbajumi came on for Stromsgodset in the 74th minute.

Both Fred Friday and Bonke Innocent played all 90 minutes for Lillestrom when they drew 0-0 away at Start on Saturday.

MLS

Obafemi Martins continues to bang in the goals for Seattle Sounders in the MLS and he scored his 13th goal of the campaign in 17 matches. Martins created the first goal with a deft pass to Andreas Ivanschitz after turning two defenders on the dot of half time. He then scored his goal in the 87th minute to complete the 3-0 thrashing of the Vancouver Whitecaps.


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