Victor Moses and Victor Anichebe were both victors with their clubs over the weekend. With both Victors posting Man of the Match performances, Anichebe was the only Nigerian to get on the score sheet in the Premier League. Here is a review of their performances, and that of their compatriots.
Austria Vienna 2-0 Ried
Olarenwanju Kayode continued to stake a claim for a Super Eagles call up over the weekend, by scoring Austria Vienna’s second against Ried, before he was subbed out in the 87th minute. Kayode is the sixth ranked in the Tipico Bundesliga Top Scorer’s table with 5 goals and 1 assist.
Altach 1-1 Sturm Graz
Trailing by a goal away to Altach, Sturm Graz introduced Bright Edomwonyi in the 75th minute, as they rallied to secure a draw, thanks to Fabian Koch, who got the goal for Graz in the dying minutes of the encounter.
Genk 2-0 Eupen
It was a dwell involving three Nigerians. Onyinye Ndidi continued his fine form, clocking 90 minutes for Genk, in their home win over Eupen. Henry Onyekuru and Anthony Bassey both worked a full shift for Eupen. Bassey played an unfamiliar Right-Back role, as a result of George Jamabo’s absence.
Waregem 3-2 Anderlecht
It was a 5 goal thriller at Regenboogstadion (Waregem), with the home team winning the battle over Anderlecht. Kingsley Madu spent the entire encounter on the dugout for Waregem.
Mouscron 0-2 Gent
Moses Simon played all 90 minutes once again, in Gent’s win at Mouscron. Compatriot and teammate, Anderson Esiti was missing, while Rabiu Ibrahim was confined to Gent’s bench.
Oostende 5-0 Westerlo
Joseph Akpala was not among the scorers that put 5 unreplied goals past Westerlo’s goalie, Van Langendonck, as he was again left in the bench, by coach Vandahaeghe.
Mechelen 2-1 St. Liege
Super Eagles left back, Elderson Echiejile, was unlisted in Standard Liege’s away loss to Mechelen.
D. Zagreb 1-1 Istra 1961
Theophillus Solomon continued as a super regular for Istra 1961, clocking 90 minutes in their away draw at Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb). Istra’s other Nigerian export, Jamilu Collins, remained in the bench for a second consecutive week. Solomon has four goals to his name after 15 round of matches in the 1. HNL.
Belupo 0-0 Rijeka
League leaders, Rijeka, continued their demonance in the 1.HNL despite an away draw to Belupo. Goodness Ajayi was introduced in the 69th minute.
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Alex Iwobi, remained at the sidelines, as the gunner luckily escaped defeat at Old Trafford.
Watford 2-1 Leicester City
Odion Ighalo was also benched at Vicarage road, but teammates, Ettiene Cappoue, and Roberto Pereyra, provided the goals for the Honnets, as Ahmed Musa’s Leicester could not avoid defeat despite Algerian star, Riyad Mayrez’s well converted spot=kik. Musa was a 78th minute substitute. Watford’s Isaac Success is expected to start training soon after a lay off due to a hamstring injury.
Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea
Victor Moses proved to be the best Super Eagle player during the weekend, and also was awarded the Man of the Match, as Chelsea stretched their winning streak and clean sheets to 6. Brazilian-born, and Spanish international, Diego Costa, scored his 10th goal of the season, reacting quickest to an arial ball, much to the dismay of Middlesbrough defense.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City
Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in City’s slim win away to Crystal Palace. Ivorian midfielder, Yaya Toure, marked his first appearance in the City’s roaster this season, with a brace.
Sunderland 3-0 Hull City
Victor Anichebe continued his resurgence in front of goal, this time firing a brace for Sunderland, to compound Hull’s woes. He has now scored 3 goals in two games, back to back, having scored away to Bournemouth in the previous round.
Rennes 1-1 Angers
Little known Nigerian forward, Dickson Nwakaeme, was conspicuously missing from Angers match day squad, as they drew at Roazhon Park (Rennes).
Lille 0-1 PSG
Lille lost at home to Lyon, as Vincent Enyeama could not prevent an early Maxwell-Cornet goal. Enyeama has conceded 18 goals this season, from 13 round of matches, and has posted just 2 shutouts.
Mainz 4-2 Freiburg
Leon Balogun made a cameo appearance, coming in after 90 minutes as his Mainz outscored Freiburg at home. Mainz also has a Nigerian descent, Austrian international, Karim Onisiwo, in their roaster.
Damstadt 0-1 Ingolstadt
Obinna Nsofor, was unlisted for the third time in a row, as Damstadt lost away to Ingolstadt by a lone goal.
Crotone 0-2 Torino
Two Nigerians locked horns in the Crotone-Torino dwell, with Joel Obi and Torino coming tops. Crotone introduced Simeon ‘Simmy’ Tochukwu in the 70th minute, while, Torino brought in Obi two minutes later while the scores was still goalless. Torino went on to score two unreplied goals in the 80th and 89th minutes. Thanks to a Belotti brace.
Bologna 3-1 Palermo
Sadiq Umar was not fielded by Bologna when they beat visiting Palermo. Nevertheless, Flying Eagles forward, Orji Okonkwo, was delighted to make his debut for Bologna, when he was introduced in the 89th minute
Roda 1-1 Alkmaar
Former Flying Eagles playmaker, Abdul Ajagun, scored his first goal for bottom placed Roda, as they could only secure a draw at home to visiting AZ Alkmaar. Fred Friday was one of Alkmaar’s unused substitute on match day.
Groningen 2-1 den Haag
Tyronne Ebuehi‘s ADO Den Haag lost away to Groningen. The dutch-born right back, who earlier turned down an opportunity to play for the Super Eagles, was on for the entire duration of the encounter.
Ajax 5-0 Nijmegen
Nijmegen’s coach, Peter Hyballa, appears to have finally lost faith in Taiwo Awoniyi’s inability to find the net, as he was benched throughout the encounter, in their humiliating loss to Ajax at Amsterdam Arena.
Heerenveen 1-1 Vitesse
Abiola Dauda also warmed the bench, as his Vitesse recorded a score draw away to Heerenveen.
Feirense 0-1 Belenenses
Super Eagles returnee, Oghenekaro Etebo, was on for 90 minutes. But he could not save Feirense from losing at home to Belenenses.
Anzi 0-1 UFA
Sylvester “Sly” Igbonu, worked a full shift, whereas, teammate Kehinde Fatai was not listed by UFA in their away victory over Anzi Makhackala.
Spartak Moscow 1-0 Amkar
Super Eagles target, Brian Idowu, was also cautioned in Ankara’s loss on the road to Spatak Moscow. Idowu clocked 90 minutes. However, Super Eagles out of favor midfielder, Fegor Ogude, was not listed by Amkar.
Valencia 1-1 Granada
Uche Agbo clocked 90 minutes for Granada, but was penalized for head butting in the 93rd minute of play. Granada secured an important draw away to Valencia.
Osmanlispor 2-0 Alanyaspor
Aminu Umar’s Osmanlispor beat Keneth Omeruo’s Alanyaspor at home. Both Umar and Omeruo were unlisted.
Kasimpasa 2-2 Karabuk
Both Emem Eduok and Kenny Otigba clocked 90 minutes for Kasimpasa, as they were held by visiting Kademir Karabuk
Trabzonspor 0-1 Antalyaspor
Ogenyi Onazi was cautioned in the dying minutes of the first half, as he could not prevent Trabzonspor from falling at home to visiting Antalyaspor. Onazi was replaced in the 61st minute.
Baseksehir 2-1 Rizespor
Godfrey Obauboana‘s Rizespor were beaten on the road by table toppers, Baseksehir. Musa Muhammad is in the payroll of Baseksehir, but has been long decared supplus to requirement by coach Abdullah Avci. Oboabona was not listed for the encounter.
Fenerbahce 2-0 Galatasaray
Super Eagles retiree, Emmanuel Eminike was introduced in the 85th minute of play as Fernabahce beat Galatasaray – Robin Van Persie with a brace.