Several Nigerian players continued their scoring form over the weekend, while others watched as their teams fumbled across the European leagues.
Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho both played 90 minutes for Leicester City but could only watch as Arsenal came from behind to grab a deserved 3-1 win over the UEFA Champions League hopefuls in the English Premier League on Sunday. The Foxes had gone ahead early in the encounter but the ruthless Gunners grabbed the maximum points at the King Power Stadium.
VAR adjudged Ndidi had blocked Nicolas Pepe’s shot in the box with an outstretched arm and handed the Gunners a penalty, which Alexandre Lacazette converted for the visitors second goal of the match.
At Selhurst Park, Ola Aina, Josh Maja, Tosin Adarabioyo and Ademola Lookman were in action for Fulham, who held hosts Crystal Palace to a goalless draw in the EPL on Sunday.
Maja could have handed Scot Parker’s side the maximum points but his close range header was smartly saved by Alphonse Areola.
Aina was replaced by Antonee Robinson in the 45th minute. Super Eagles target, Eberechi Eze was in action for Palace.
William Troost-Ekong watched from the bench for the entire duration of the game as 10-man Watford suffered a huge blow to their promotion ambitions with a 1-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth in the English Championship on Saturday. The Nigerian played four out of five of their unbeaten streak before he was benched. His compatriot, Isaac Success, was not listed for the game.
Winger Samuel Kalu’s goal was not enough to earn Bordeaux a point as they fell 2-1 at home to Metz in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday. Kalu put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute but the team lost their sting as they watched a superior Metz come back to get a win via a 90th minutes strike from Thompson Delaine. The tricky Nigerian has scored four goals in 16 appearances for Les Girondins this term. He made way for Hatem Ben Arfa in the 76th minute.
Sadiq Umar scored a goal and provided an assist in Almeria’s 4-1 victory over Lugo in the Spanish Segunda on Saturday. The towering striker put the hosts in front from the spot in the 11th minute. He later turned provider for Jose Corpas in the 75th minute for the team’s fourth goal. The Nigerian has found the back of the net 13 times in 24 appearances.
Also in the Spanish second-tier, Kenneth Omeruo was cautioned in the 84th minute as Leganes lost 1-0 to nine-man Cartagena, who had his compatriot Ramon Azeez, on Friday. Both players were on for 90 minutes.
Maduka Okoye conceded twice as 10-man Sparta Rotterdam lost 2-0 to Willem II at home in the Eredivisie on Sunday. The Nigerian has conceded 27 goals in 17 appearances for the Dutch side and has not kept a clean sheet in his last four games, conceding nine goals.
At the Erve Asito stadium, Tyrone Ebuehi played for 90 minutes as FC Twente held hosts Heracles Almelo 2-2 in on Saturday. The defender has made 23 appearances for Twente, scoring once, with an assist.
Paul Onuachu scored his 24th league goal of the campaign as Genk ran out 2-1 winners over Sporting Charleroi in Belgium on Friday. The lanky forward put his side ahead in the 17th minute from the penalty spot. The goal is his 24th in 28 league appearances for the side. He made way for compatriot, Cyriel Dessers, in the 80th minute. Onuachu, who has been a revelation since joining from Danish club Midytylland, is the league’s top scorer.
Little-known forward Babajide David scored a brace in Hatayspor’s 4-1 trouncing of Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday. Babajide converted a 55th minute penalty, before completing his brace 10 minutes later, to take his tally to six in 22 games for the Turkish club.
Oghenekaro Etebo and Henry Onyekuru were in action for Galatasaray, who beat Erzurum BB 2-0 in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.
Etebo, who played 72 minutes of the encounter, was cautioned in the 23rd minute and was replaced by Taylan Antalyali. Onyekuru made way for Muhammed Akturkoglu in the 76th minute.
At the Estádio do Dragao, left-back Sanusi Zaidu was on for 78 minutes as FC Porto were held 0-0 by Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese topflight league on Saturday. Sanusi was replaced by Luis Diaz.
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