UCL Nigerian watch: Moses wins, Onyekuru, Emenike and Samuel on losing sides


UEFA Champions League matchday two saw Nigerian players fully in action, sadly it was not a very good Wednesday night for some of them. Here’s a look at how they dated on Wednesday night.

Victor Moses (Chelsea)

Much has been said about the Super Eagles winger facing stiff competition from Italian new recruit Davide Zappacosta, but on a big night of Champions League football against Atletico Madrid who have played in the finals of the competition twice in four years, Moses put up a ‘no vacancy’ display at the right wing back position.

Chelsea scored late to defeat Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Spain, becoming the first team to inflict defeat on Atletico Madrid in their new stadium.

Moses who played the full 90 minutes, was sleek going forward and solid when defending as Chelsea put up a dominating performance to beat Atletico Madrid.

Henry Onyekuru

It was a night to forget for Everton on-loan Nigerian forward, Henry Onyekuru whose side Anderlecht lost 0-3 at home to Scottish champions Celtic.

Onyekuru was on for the entirety of the match but failed to make a difference in the encounter which now means they have lost their first two matches in the group by similar 3-0 score lines, the first against Bayern Munich.

Progressing to the knockout stages of the competition now looks rather bleak for Onyekuru and his Belgian team who have big money spenders PSG to contend with in a double header when the Champions League resumes after the international break.

Emmanuel Emenike

Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike and his Greek team Olympiacos put up a brave fight in Italy before succumbing to the fire power of Italian champions Juventus 0-2.

Emenike was listed in the starting line up before been subbed off late on in the 88th minute.

Aaron Samuel

Super Eagles forward Aaron Samuel was conspicuously missing in the CSKA Moscow side that were thumped 1-4 by visiting Manchester United.

A Romelu Lukaku brace and an Anthony Martial penalty saw Manchester United race into a three goal lead at the break before Mkhitaryan made it four in the second half. CSKA Moscow substitute Konstantin Kuchaev grab a consolation goal for the hosts to deny David De Gea a clean sheet on the night.

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