Nigeria players abroad: Azeez slays Barca, Igbonu brace, Onuachu, others score

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Nigeria players abroad: Azeez slays Barca, Igbonu brace, Onuachu, others score
Nigeria players abroad: Azeez slays Barca, Igbonu brace, Onuachu, others score

Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester city)

Nigerian players. Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, made his fifth Premier League appearance in Leicester City’s 2-1 comeback win again Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Ndidi was on for the entire duration, while compatriot, Kelechi Ihenacho, was not listed for the game. Ihenacho is yet to feature for the Foxes in the EPL this season.

Alex Iwobi (Everton)

Nigeria forward, Alex Iwobi, played for 35 minutes in Everton’s 2-0 home loss to Sheffield United in the EPL on Saturday. Iwobi replaced Morgan Schneiderlin but could do nothing to salvage a point for the Toffees.

Leon Balogun (Brighton)

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun’s wait for an appearance in the  EPL this season continues as he was not named in Brighton’s squad that drew goalless at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The defender has only featured once for the Seagulls in their 2-1 Carabao Cup win against Bristol Rovers in August.

Isaac Success, Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford)

The duo Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru were missing as Watford suffered an embarrassing 8-0 defeat at champions Manchester City in Saturday’s EPL tie.

Watford new boss Sanchez Flores overlooked both players in their encouraging 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Vicarage Road last week as well as Saturday’s game.

While Success has made two substitute appearances in the EPL this season, Dele-Bashiru is yet to make the matchday squad.

 Semi Ajayi (West Brom)

A late header from Semi Ajayi sealed a 4-2 win for West Bromwich Albion over Huddersfield Town in Sunday’s English Championship clash at The Hawthorns.

The 25-year-old started his eighth consecutive league game and scored in the 89th minute to extend the Baggies’ unbeaten league run to eight games and move within just one point of leaders Leeds.

The goal was Ajayi’s 10th in 71 Championship appearances since he made his debut in the division for Wimbledon in 2015.

Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke)

Oghenekaro Etebo was on for 90 minutes as Stoke City recorded their first point of the season in the goalless draw at 17th place Brentford in the English Championship on Saturday.

Etebo has featured five times for the Potters this season. Stoke are currently bottom of the Championship table with one point in eight games.

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BELGIUM

Paul Onuachu (Genk):

Onuachu scored his second goal of the season for KRC Genk in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Oostende in a Jupiler League match at the Luminus Arena.

The 25-year-old striker scored in the 44th minute to restore the home side’s lead after Idrissa Sylla had drew Oostende level in the 32nd minute.

The 6ft6in forward had opened his goal account for Genk against Sporting Charleroi last weekend.

Spain

Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem (Leganes)

Kenneth Omeruo returned to Leganes’ starting line-up on Sunday as they recorded a 1-1 draw at Valencia. His compatriot, Chidozie Awaziem, came on for Aitor Ruibal in the 57th minute of the tie. It was Awaziem’s second appearance for Leganes and Omeruo’s third start this season.

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)

Young Eagles winger, Chukwueze, came off the bench to provide an assist for Villarreal in their 2-0 win over Real Valladolid at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

The 20-year-old replaced Moi Gomez in the 66th minute and then set up Javier Ontiveros to seal the win for the Yellow Submarines from close range.

Despite being on the pitch for just 24 minutes, Chukwueze managed a good rating completing 82 per cent of his passes, winning five duels and also completing two successful dribbles.

Ramon Azeez (Granada)

Azeez scored his second La Liga goal on his first start for Granada, who pulled off a major shock with a 2-0 win over Barcelona at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.

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Azeez stunned Barca with a goal inside the first 60 seconds, heading home at the far post, after Jose Puentas profited from a slip by Junior Firpo.

The goal saw Azeez equal his all-time season’s goal record of two. Any chance of a late Barcelona comeback was killed off with 25 minutes to go as substitute Arturo Vidal conceded a penalty for handball, and fellow substitute Alvaro Vadillo scored from the spot.

GERMANY

Taiwo Awoniyi (Mainz)

Nigeria striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, was left out of Mainz’s 2-1 loss away to Schalke in the German Bundesliga on Friday.

Awoniyi has made two substitute appearances for the German side since joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer.

Anthony Ujah (Union Berlin)

Nigeria striker, Ujah, was an unused substitute in Union Berlin’s 2-0 away loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Ujah has made four starts this season but is yet to score for the newcomers.

 FINLAND

Former Nigeria defender, Taiye Taiwo, scored a consolation goal for RoPs Palloseura in their 4-1 loss to KPV Kokkola on Saturday.

SCOTLAND

Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers)

Joe Aribo had an assist in Glasgow Rangers’ fourth goal in Sunday’s 4-0 thumping of St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

The Nigeria international, one of manager Steve Gerrard’s two changes from Thursday’s Europa League tie, was outstanding in the middle for Rangers in the encounter, as they secured their fifth win in six Scottish Premiership games.

Aribo, who is without a goal in six SPL games this season, provided the assist for substitute Jermain Defoe to bag his second goal of the game. It was his second assist in the SPL this season.

ITALY

Ola Aina (Torino)

Aina played for 69 minutes before he was replaced by Diego Laxalt in Torino’s 1-0 loss at Sampdoria. The 22-year-old has made four Serie A appearances this season for Walter Mazzari’s side.

France

Victor Osimhen (Lille)

Striker Osimhen provided an assist for Lille, who held Rennes 1-1 in a Ligue 1 clash on Sunday.

Jonathan Ikone latched onto Osimhen’s cross to hand Lille the lead only for Adrien Hunou to head home for the hosts in the 68th minute.

The result moves Rennes up to third on 11 points from six matches, leaving Lille in fifth, one point adrift.

Samuel Kalu, Josh Maja (Bordeaux)

Samuel Kalu was in action for Bordeaux in their 2-2 draw against Brest in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday. The winger was on for 83 minutes, before making way for Francois Kamano.

His compatriot, Josh Maja, was introduced in the 65th minute for Yassine Benrahou.

Kalu has made six appearances for the club this season providing an assist, while Maja has also been involved six times, scoring once.

Henry Onyekuru (Monaco)

Eagles forward, Henry Onyekuru, played 15 minutes in Monaco’s goalless draw at Reims on Saturday in a Ligue 1 clash. The Nigeria international replaced Gelson Martins in the 75th minute. The Nigerian has created one assist for the French side in four appearances.

 Holland

Chidera Ejuke (Heerenveen)

Chidera Ejuke earned his Dutch club, Heerenveen, a share of the spoils when he scored the equaliser for his side in their 1-1 home draw against FC Utrecht.

Gyrano Kerk stunned the home fans with a strike in the 18th minute, before the Nigerian restored parity in the 30th minute. The goal was his second in seven games.

 Switzerland

Blessing Eleke (Luzern)

Blessing Eleke came on for Francesco Margiotta in the 80th minute for Luzern, who held Lugano 1-1 in a Swiss Super League clash on Sunday.

Eleke, who has failed to score in his last six league games, has one goal to his name in seven league games.

GREECE

 Brown Ideye (Aris), Chuba Akpom (PAOK)

Ideye scored his second league goal for Aris Thessaloniki in the 2-2 draw against city rivals, PAOK Thessaloniki in Sunday’s derby.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner opened score for Aris in the fourth minute, before parity was restored by Leo Matos two minutes later. He was yellow carded in the 78th minute of the encounter that saw Chuba Akpom fire blanks.

Akpom has scored twice in four games.

Russia

Sylvester Igbonu (Dinamo Moscow)

Igbonu scored twice in his second start for Dinamo Moscow, who suffered a 3-2 loss at home to PFC Sochi.  Igbonu’s goals came in the 50th minute and 63rd minutes for Dinamo, who are without a win in their last three league games.

Bryan Idowu (Locomotiv Moscow)

Idowu made a cameo appearance for Locomotiv Moscow, who defeated FC Orenburg 3-2 in a Russian Premier League clash. The left-back came on for Dmitri Barinov in the 90th minute for his fourth appearance of the season.

China

Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua)

Odion Ighalo made his first start since returning from injury in Shanghai Shenhua’s 2-2 draw against Shandong Luneng in a Chinese Super League clash on Saturday.

The former Eagles striker played for 76 minutes, before he was replaced by Stephan El Shaarawy. Shanghai Shenhua have not won a league game in their last four outings and currently sit 13th in the table, two places above the drop zone.

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