How Nigerian players fared abroad weekend

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The football weekend was loaded with a lot of highs and lows for Nigerian players as they were in action in several Leagues across the world.

While some were hugging the headlines having netted crucial goals, others were at the receiving ends of heavy defeats.

PREMIUM TIMES takes you on voyage around the top leagues across the world to see how Nigerian players fared abroad in the weekend.

England

Victor Moses was the star performer among Nigerian players for the weekend again as the in-form star scored the winning goal in the London derby which Chelsea won 2-1.

Aside scoring the winning goal that condemned rivals Tottenham Hotspur to their first defeat of the season in the Premier League, Moses was again voted Man-of-the-Match just as he was voted penultimate weekend.

John Obi Mikel, who Coach Antonio Conte said had a muscular injury, missed the action, just as Nigerian prospect, Ola Aina.

Elsewhere, Odion Ighalo’s goal drought continued as Watford were beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke City.

The Nigerian striker, who has scored just one goal in the League this season fired blanks when he was introduced in the 56th minute. The other Nigerian that plies his trade at Watford, Isaac Success, is still out owing to an injury.

At the Emirates, Alex Iwobi may have lost his first team status as he was dropped to the bench in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Bournemouth, and he stayed there all through the game.

At the King Power Stadium, Ahmed Musa was a 68th minute substitute for Leicester and he went close to scoring, but fired blanks as the champions scored a late equalizer to earn a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere, at Anfield, Victor Anichebe failed to continue his recent goal-scoring form, as he fired blanks in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. The former Everton striker played all 90 minutes. And at Turf Moor, it was a scrappy win for Manchester City against Burnley in a game that didn’t witness the presence of Kelechi Iheanacho, who was on the bench throughout in the 2-1 win.

Still in England but now in the Championship, Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme returned to Wolves’ matchday squad but sat on the bench all through as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Dominic Iorfa was on for the entire duration for the Wolves, but just like Ikeme, Bright Enobakhare never got off the bench.

Fulham lost 2-1 at Brighton and Nigeria international Sone Aluko started for the London club, but couldn’t do much to save them from defeat before being withdrawn in the 84th minute.

Former Nigeria international Osaze Odemwingie was shown the red card for elbowing an opponent as his club Rotterham lost 2-1 at home to Leeds United. The 35-year old was on from the start, before his 29th minute expulsion.

Belgium

Gent were 3-0 winners over Kortrijk, but none of Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti or Rabiu Ibrahim were on target. Simon was introduced in the 79th minute, while Esiti and Ibrahim were not listed.

However, it was a bad day at the office for Wilfried Ndidi, whose Genk were hammered 6-0 at Oosetende. The midfielder was on all through, and earned a 55th minute yellow card for his troubles.

The Nigerian defender confessed that it was the heaviest defeat he ever suffered as a professional.

On his part, Elderson Echiejile was overlooked yet again his club Standard Liege romped to a  4-1 win over Waregem.

Turkey

Former Super Eagles star, Emmanuel Emenike, was missing in action as his Turkish side, Fenerbache, thumped Godfrey Oboabona’s Rizespor 5-1. Oboabona was however on for the entire duration.

Ogenyi Onazi played all 90 minutes and earned a stoppage time booking but couldn’t do enough to help Trabzonspor to a win, as they drew 0-0 with Genclerbirligi.

Former Dolphins star Emem Eduok started but was replaced in the 58th minute of Kasimpasa’s 1-0 loss to Akhisar Genclik Spor.

Kenneth Omeruo’s Alanyaspor were 3-0 winners over Kayserispor, and the Nigeria international was on complete duty for the victors.

Italy

In Serie A, it was a second straight game for Nigeria youth international Orji Okonkwo, following his debut last weekend. However, he ended up on the losing side this time, as Bologna were beaten 2-0 at home by Atalanta. He was introduced in the 72nd minute. In Turin, Joel Obi was a 58th minute entrant in Torino’s 2-0 defeat of Chievo.

France

As usual, Vincent Enyeama was in goal for Lille and kept a clean sheet in their goalless draw at Nantes.

It was the third clean sheet of the season for the former Nigeria Super Eagles captain

Germany

Leon Balogun’s trip to the German capital with FSV Mainz ended in a defeat as his team were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Hertha Berlin.

Spain

Granada were beaten 3-1 at Celta Vigo, and Uche Agbo started, before being withdrawn in the 72nd minute.

Holland

Former youth international, Jeleel Ajagun, failed to get on the scoresheet like he did last weekend, but assisted one of Roda’s goals in their 2-2 draw at Sparta Rotterdam. He was later taken off in the 84th minute.

Meanwhile, striker Fred Friday wasn’t considered for action for AZ Alkmaar in their 5-1 routing of Heracles. Willem II were also winners, beating Go Ahead Eagles 1-0 with former Super Eagles striker Bartholomew Ogbeche staying on the bench all through.


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