It was a weekend of mixed blessings for Nigerian footballers across Europe.
In the EPL, Super Eagles target Ademola Lookman scored a crucial goal for Fulham in their bid to remain in the EPL as they beat fellow strugglers, Sheffield United, 1-0 on Saturday.
The win sees Scot Parker’s side edge closer away from the relegation zone. Lookman made way for Bobby Reid in the 90th minute.
His compatriots Ola Aina and Tosin Adarabioyo featured for 90 minutes for the Cottagers, while Josh Maja replaced Mario Lemina in the 86th minute.
Semi Ajayi received his first EPL red card in West Brom’s goalless draw with Burnley. The big defender was sent off in the 30th minute for ball handling.
Alex Iwobi played just four minutes in Everton’s 2-0 win at Liverpool in the English Premier League on Saturday, their first over their Merseyside neighbours at Anfield in 22 years. The game was Iwobi’s 21st appearance for the Toffees this campaign. He has found the back of the net once, with two assists.
William Troost-Ekong was in action for 90 minutes as Watford intensified their bid for an English Premier League promotion with a 2-1 victory over Derby County in the English championships. The win was their third in a row. Troost-Ekong has scored once in 20 appearances for the Hornets.
In France, Moses Simon was in action for 67 minutes in Nantes 1-1 home draw against Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 on Saturday. The Nigerian, who has three goals in 20 appearances for Nantes, was replaced by Kader Bamba.
Francis Uzoho conceded his seventh goal in seven appearances as APOEL Nicosia were piped 1-0 by city rivals Omonia Nicosia in the Cypriot topflight on Saturday. The Eagles shot stopper has so far kept two clean sheets this term.
Kenneth Omeruo featured for 90 minutes in Leganes’ 1-0 win over Tenerife in the Spanish Segunda on Sunday. Omeruo has scored once in 15 appearances for the Madrid-based club.
Oghenekaro Etebo and Henry Onyekuru were in action for Galatasaray, who earned a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Alanyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday. While Etebo was on for the entire duration, Onyekuru made way for Ryan Babel in the 90th minute.
In the Netherlands, Super Eagles right-back Tyron Ebuehi scored his first goal for FC Twente but let their two-goal lead slip for a 2-2 draw against Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. Ebuehi tapped the ball into an open goal for the hosts in the 14th minute, just after they had taken the lead through Danilo a minute earlier.
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