Nigerian players were in full action across Europe on Friday, registering mixed fortunes and here is a review of who scored and who got subbed.
In the big game in France, former Super Eagles number one goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama returned between the sticks after missing the 1-2 loss to Monaco in the quarter finals of the French cup in midweek.
But it was a night to forget as fragile Lille conceded two goals again to Nice FC with Mario Balotelli the hero for the visitors as he beat Enyeama twice in the first half. Earning the title hopefuls a 2-1 victory.
Across to the Netherlands second division, where former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh had double reasons to celebrate as his side Fortuna Sittard side won 4 – 1 against Helmond Sport.
With the victory, Oliseh is set for a two-year contract renewal after helping Fortuna Sittard avoid relegation , a target set for him when he took over the reigns.
Kelechi Nwakali on loan from Arsenal to Maastricht, scored a goal in the 63rd minute but ended the match on the losing side as final result stood FC Den Bosch 2 – 1 MVV Maastricht.
We go to Portugal, where RIO Olympic bronze medalist Oghenekaro Etebo cost
his Feirense side a point as he missed a penalty in the 74th minute which would have cancelled out FC Braga’s 41st minute opener.
The match ended Feirense 0 – 1 Braga, Etebo was subbed off in the 88th minute.
In Denmark’s top flight league, Izunna Uzochukwu lasted 90 minutes as his team OB FC won 3 – 0 over Esbjerg fB.
In Belgium, former Super Eagles striker Joseph Akpala came on for the last 2 minutes of regulation time in Oostende’s 1 – 1 draw against Zulte-Waregem.
So those are the report from Europe on Friday football. We shall be bringing you more from the weekend actions across Europe.