Euro wrap: Leon Balogun sees red in Mainz 05 draw with Hamburg


With clubs in Europe in action on Saturday, let’s take a look at the football matches Nigerian players in Europe took part in.

Germany – Bundesliga

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun caught the limelight for the wrong reasons in Mainz 05 0-0 draw away to Hamburg. Balogun  received a red card in the 61st minute after being booked for a second time, with the first caution coming in the 34th minute.

Balogun’s Nigerian compatriot, Striker Anthony Ujah came on with two minutes of regulation time left to replace Yoshinori Muto.

Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 against
Hannover who were without highly rated young German born Nigerian striker Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee through injury.

Former Golden Eaglets striker Victor Osimhen was not listed for Wolfsburg in their 1-2 home defeat to resurgent Bayer Leverkusen.

England – Premier League

Wilfred Ndidi started in the defensive midfield position for Leicester City as usual while striker Kelechi Iheanacho came on as 59th minute substitute to replace Adrien Silva in a dramatic 1-1 draw against Bournemouth at the king power Stadium. Ndidi was lucky not to get into the referees book when he caught Dan Gosling on his shin with a high boot.

English born striker of Nigerian decent Tammy Abraham was a 90th minute substitute in Swansea City’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United.

Belgium – First Division

Striker Denis Bonaventure came on for Club Brugge in the 68th minute to help secure a 2-1 win over Abduljaleel Ajagun’s Kortrijk FC. Ajagun was withdrawn in the 82nd minute.

Super Eagles defender Henry Agbo was booked in the 58th minute for Standard Liege who won 3-2 against KV Mechelen.

On loan Liverpool striker at Royal Excel Mouscron Taiwo Awoniyi received a straight red card in the 75th as his side succumbed to a 1-2  defeat to Lokeren.

Defender Kingsley Madu was subbed off with only 16 minutes played for Zulte-Waregem who lost 2-3 to Anderlecht.

On loan Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom was subbed off in the 82nd minute in St.Truiden’s 0-0 draw away to Sporting Charleroi.

Netherlands – Eredivisie

Veteran Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche was on for 90 minutes in the colours of Willem II who lost 0-2 to their host SC Heerenveen.

Spain – La Liga

Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye started from the bench for Malaga in their 0-2 loss to Leganes. Ideye came on to replace Alberto Bueno on the hour mark as Malaga failed to turn the scoreline around. He was issued a yellow card in the 85th minute for his troubles with Malaga stealing down the barrel of relegation.

Ahmed Musa in action for CSKA Moscow

Russia – Premier League

Three Nigerians featured for Amkar
Perm in an ill-tempered 0-0 draw with Zenit St. Petersburg which saw three players sent off.

Striker Aaron Samuel who started the match for Amkar Perm was subbed off in the 77th minute while Nigerian teammates Fegor Ogude and Brian Idowu played substitute roles

Two red cards were shown to Zenith while Amkar Perm got one man sent off as well.

Super Eagles speedy winger Ahmed Musa was impressive for CSKA Moscow who narrowly saw off Ural FC 1-0. Musa was on off in the 90th minute.

Turkey – Super Lig

On loan Chelsea defender and Super Eagles player Kenneth Omeruo played the entire duration of the game for Kasimpasa in their 1-1 draw at home to Osmanlispor FK. His Nigerian teammate and striker Emem Eduok was brought on with just a minute left to play of normal time.

Austria – Bundesliga

10 men Austria Wien without Nigerian midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim won 2-0 against Wolfsberger AC.

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