Welcome to another summary report of Nigerian players across Europe so far this weekend.
England – Premier League
Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho came of the bench at the start of the second half for Leicester City and then laid an assist for Foxes top striker Jamie Vardy to guide home what turned out to be a consolation goal in the 72nd minute, as they lost 1-2 away to in form Burnley.
It is the second game in a row that sees Leicester losing without suspended Nigerian midfield enforcer Wilfred Ndidi.
At the St Mary’s Stadium, Chelsea came back from a 2 goals deficit to beat relegation battling Southampton 3-2.
Nigerian winger Victor Moses replaced one of the goal scorers Eden Hazard in the 86th minute to help seal an important win for the struggling Blues.
In the English Championship on loan Chelsea full back Ola Aina lasted the whole 90’minutes for Hull City who lost 0-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Russia – Premier League
Nigerian midfielder Fegor Ogude had a yellow card to in the 24th minute to show for his efforts that came short in Amkar Perm Fc 0-3 loss to Rubin Kazan.
Germany – 1. Bundesliga
German born defender of Nigerian descent Felix Udoaki marked his return with Wolfsburg’s 0-0 draw to
Augsburg on Friday night after a length period,it sure is a welcome sight for handlers of the Super Eagles ahead of fortifying the World Cup squad.
But his red card in the 86th minute after two yellow cards ended his return on a negative note.
Meanwhile his teammate and former U-17 Golden Eaglets World Cup hero, Victor Osimhen came on in the 80th minute to replace Nany Dimata, but his lively efforts failed to earn his side the break through.
Italy – Serie A
Young Nigerian striker Simmy Nwankwo 25, led the lines for Crotone in a 0-1 loss away to Genoa.
Simmy lasted the whole 90 minutes, but could not find the back of the net for Crotone.
Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi started from the bench for Torino in their 0-0 draw away to Chievo Verona.
Obi was not called to action by coach Walter Mazzarri for this one.
While in form Royal Mouscron striker Taiwo Awoniyi was missing in his side’s match day squad, another Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka stole the show with a 23rd minute assist for Hamdi Harbaoui to help ten men Zulte Waregem claim a 5-1 win.
Olayinka lasted the entire duration of the match.
The Nigerian trio of Super Eagles winger Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, and Anderson Esiti all made the starting line up for Gent Fc who lost to a stoppage time penalty to Uche Agbo’s Standard Liege.
While Kalu and Esiti were both subbed off for Gent, Agbo was subbed in for Standard Liege in the 57th minute, with only Moses Simon lasting the whole 90 minutes.
Turkey – Super Lig
Kenneth Omeruo saw full action in a solid display at the back for Kasimpasa who beat Karabukspor by 2-0.
His Nigerian teammate and striker Emem Eduok is finding it hard to displace inform Egyptian striker Trezeguet who scored the first goal to continue his consistent goal scoring form.
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Super Eagles right back Tyrone Ebuehi returned to the starting line up for ADO Den Haag’s 2-1 win over FC Twente. Ebuehi lasted up till the 71st minute before Trevor David was brought on to take his place.
In another game, Nigerian forward Fred Friday came on in the 46th minute for Sparta Rotterdam’s 0-7 humiliation at the hands of Vitesse.
Rotterdam were reduced to 10 men in the first half having conceded 3 goals.
Friday then replaced Robert Muhren in the 46th minute as they shipped in fours more goal.
Spain – Primera Division
The slight hopes of escaping relegation is fast fading for Nigerian midfield duo of Oghenekaro Etebo and Imoh Ezekiel at Las Palmas, after suffering 0-1 defeat at home to Real Sociedad.
Jairo was brought on in place of Imoh Ezekiel in the 71st minute as the host piled on late pressure in search of an equalizer that failed to materialize.
Meanwhile, Etebo on loan from Portuguese club Feirense saw out the entire game.