It was another exciting weekend in Europe, with mixed results from Nigerian players abroad. We present the winners and losers from the various top tiers, where Nigeria has strong representation.
AC Wolfsberger 0-3 Austria Vienna
Olarenwanju Kayode failed to score a second consecutive league goal for Austria Vienna when they played away to AC Wolsberger during the weekend. The Nigerian former Flying Eagles player, who is currently being considered for Nigeria’s senior national team, however, picked up a yellow card on the 72nd minute of the encounter. He was immediately replaced by Austria international, Kelvin Freismnbichler, who went on to score Vienna’s third in the away rout. Kayode has 5 goals and 1 assist to his credit in the Tipioco Bundesliga this season.
Rapid Vienna 1-2 Sturm Graz
Another Nigerian in Bright Edomwonyi, also recorded an away win with his club, Sturm Graz, over Rapid Vienna. It was a similar fate for Bright, as he only lasted for 71 minutes during the encounter. Bright has scored one goal less (4 goals), compared to Kayode’s 5 so far this season. But the former is superior in terms of assists garnered, 3 assists, versus Kayode’s 1 assist.
Ooestende 6-0 Genk
Onyinye Ndidi ‘s brilliant show so far this season was dented when he suffered a humiliating loss with Genk, playing away to Joseph Akpala’s Oostende. Despite enjoying a full game time, Ndidi could do nothing to shield Genk from conceding 6 goals against the rampaging homers. He picked up a yellow in the 55th minute, whereas, Akpala did his little bit by cheering his teammates to victory, from the sidelines.
Standard Liege 4-1 Waregem
Super Eagles left-backs, Elderson Echiejile and Kingsley Madu, were both conspicuously missing from the line up of Standard Liege and Waregem, respectively. Echiejile’s Standard Liege had the upper hand at home to Madu’s Waregem.
Gent 3-0 Kortrijk
Moses Simon seems to have fallen down the pecking order at Gent, a similar position he finds himself in the Nigerian national team. His limited time, coming in at the 79th minute of play did not affect Gent as they put 3 unanswered goals past visiting Kortrijk. Anderson Esiti watched from the dugout. Rabiu Ibrahim, the third player Nigerian player in Gent’s roaster, was not listed for this encounter.
Eupen 3-3 Westerlo
Super Eagles uncapped youngsters, Anthony Bassey and Henry Onyekuru, both posted good representation for Nigeria in Belgium, by scoring Eupen’s second and third goals respectively, in a that ended 3 all, at home to Westerlo. Onyekuru is an exciting left winger who is currently turning heads and in high demand in Europe. Anthony Bassey, likewise, could be an option for Nigeria in the problematic Right-Back position, since he has proved to be a good replacement for injured teammate, Jamabo George in that position. Will coach Rohr look their way?
Istra 1961 1-0 RNK Split
Theophillus Solomon’s Istra benefited from a Josip Jurendic own goal to record a narrow win over visiting RNK Split. Theophillus, with 6 goals so far this season, is rumored to be on the radar of struggling La Liga side, Granada.
Rijeka 2-0 Cibalia
Nigeria’s other representative in the 1 HNL, Goodness Ajayi (elder brother to Watford’s Isaac Success Ajayi), was also on the winning side with Rijeka, playing at home to Cibalia. Rijeka benefited from two well taken spot-kicks. Rijeka is the parent club of Theophilus Solomon.
Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
Alex Iwobi, was again left in bench for a second consecutive game, as Arsenal beat Jordan Ibe‘s Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium. Super Eagles prospect, Ibe, was subbed in at the 71’st minut,e while The Cherries where down by 1 goals to 2. Alexis Sanchez later completed a brace to guarantee Arsenal continued their good run in the current campaign.
Watford 0-1 Stoke City
Watford FC, still suffering from Odion Ighalo’s poor form, lost at home to Stoke City. Ighalo was pulled off the bench the 59th minute, but to no avail. He has only managed a goal this season, a far cry from his scintillating form at this stage last season. Super Eagles new invitee, Isaac Success, is nearing a return to the Hornet’s line up, having been sidelined due to a thigh muscle injury for a couple weeks.
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Victor Moses was awarded the Man of the Match yet again, as he scored for Chelsea, to end Spurs unbeaten run. He gave Chelsea their 7th consecutive win. However, Spurs went home with a consolation for ending Chelsea’s clean sheets run.
Burnley 1-2 Manchester City
Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in City’s slim win away to Burnley. Argentine international, Sergio Aguero with a brace for City.
Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
Victor Anichebe could not replicate his goal scoring form against title contenders, Liverpool, as he fell with Sunderland at Anfield Road. Anichebe was on for the entire duration. Whereas, Ovie Ejaria remained on Liverpool’s substitute bench.
Leicester 2-2 Middlesborough
Ahmed Musa was subbed in for Riyad Mahrez in the 68th minute, as Leicester shared the spoils with visiting Borough. Algerian internationals, Mahrez and Slimani both converted from the spot-kick to ensure Negredo’s brace did not prevent them from getting a point at home.
Lille 4-2 Caen
Lille put behind last week’s loss at home to PSG, by putting smiles on the face of their home fans, as they outscored visiting Caen. Vincent Enyeama conceded twice in Lille’s goal, failing once again in his bid to record his first shut-out of the season.
PSG 2-0 Angers
It was Dickson Nwakaeme’s turn to receive a bashing from French powerhouse, PSG, as Angers lost on the road, in the Nigerian’s absence.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Mainz 05
Leon Balogun followed last week’s cameo appearance in Mainz’ colors, with a 90 minutes full shift, but he could not prevent his club from falling at Berlin. Nigerian descent, and Austria-born forward, Karim Onisiwo was subbed in by Mainz, on the 85th minute. It has been rumored that Karim is on the radar of the Super Eagles.
Schalke 3-1 Damstadt
Obinna Nsofor, made his Bundesliga debut losing with Darmstadt, away at Schalke. He played for 37 minutes, after his introduction in the second half.
Torino 2-1 Chievo
A brace from Spaniard, Lago Falque, ensured that Torino picked all 3 points at home to Chievo. Super Eagles forgotten midfielder, Joel Obi, was a 58th minute substitute for Torino.
Crotone 1-1 Samdoria
Simeon ‘Simy’ Tochukwu‘s Crotone was held at home, by Samdoria. Samdoria has Nigerian U23 left-back, Stanley Amuzie, in their roaster.
Bologna 0-2 Atalanta
Sadiq Umar is out with an ankle injury, but teammate, Orji Okonkwo had another cameo appearance for Bologna, as he was introduced in the 72nd minute of play. His introduction did nothing to prevent a home loss to Atalanta. Sadiq is on a season loan from parent club, AS Roma
Sparta Rotterdam 2-2 Roda
Former Flying Eagles playmaker, Abdul Ajagun, followed his first goal for Roda last weekend with an 84 minutes appearance away to Rotterdam. The tie ended in a score draw.
Alkmaar 5-1 Heracles
Alkmaar hammered Heracles at home, but did not give Fred Friday a nod, not even as a substitute. Alkmaar’s handler, coach van Dem Brom seems to have lost faith in Friday’s scoring abilities.
PSV 3-1 den Haag
It was a different tale for Super Eagles new invitee, Tyronne Ebuehi, who has now become a super regular at den Haag’s right-back. ADO Den Haag, however, fell again, this time away to PSV Eindhoven.
Nijmegen 3-2 Twente
Taiwo Awoniyi has found himself in a similar situation as Fred Friday of Alkmaar. He has also failed to reward the faith earlier bestowed on him, because of his inability to score. Hence, he was again confined to the bench by Nijmegen in their home win versus Twente. This is not a good sign, as parent club, Liverpool needs him to develop his game, for a possible future in the English Premier League.
Vitesse 2-2 Excelsior
Abiola Dauda made his first appearance for Vitesse this season, in the second half and lasting 17 minutes, as visiting Excelsior forced a stalemate. The 28 year old forward have not featured for any of Nigeria’s national teams.
Braga 6-2 Feirense
Super Eagles midfield trojan, Oghenekaro Etebo, did another full shift for away team, Feirense. But home team, Braga, had the bragging rights, as they outscored Feirense by 4 goals. Etebo is yet to score in the Primeira League. Super Eagles and former Golden Eaglets Goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu, is on the books of Feirense. He is currently on loan to a Portuguese third division side.
Belenenses 0-0 FC Porto
Nigerian ‘Neymar’, Musa Yahaya is reported to be training with Porto’s first team. However, he was not listed, when they recorded a goalless draw away to Belenenses over the weekend. One time Super Eagles invitee, Chidozie Awaziem, is also on the books of Porto. He is currently with the B Team.
UFA 1-0 Orenburg
Sylvester “Sly” Igbonu, worked a full shift for UFA, and was subbed out few minutes to the end of regulation. Whereas, teammate Kehinde Fatai was not listed by UFA in their slim win, at home to Orenburg.
Amkar 1-0 Arsenal Tula
Fegor Ogude returned to the starting line up of Amkar, after serving his match ban. He clocked 90 minutes with teammate, and Super Eagles target, Brian Idowu missing, as Amkar defeated Arsenal Tula in Zvezda Stadium.
Celta Vigo 3-1 Granada
Uche Agbo’s Granada is still yet to find their first win this season, falling away to Celta Vigo. Uche started in defensive midfield, and lasted 72 minutes.
Konyaspor 1-1 Osmanlispor
Aminu Umar was not listed by Osmanlispor in their score draw away to Konyaspor. However, Osmanlispor brought in Rahim Lawal in the 80th minute.
Alanyaspor 3-0 Kayerispor
Keneth Omeruo stood like a mountain in Alanyaspor’s defense to ensure a clean sheet, as they trashed visiting Kayerispor. Omeruo lasted the entire encounter.
Akhisar Genclik Spor 1-0 Kasimpasa
It was a different tale for the duo of Kasimpasa’s Emem Eduok and Kenny Otigba. While Eduok lasted 58 minutes, Otigba clocked 90 minutes in Kasimpasa’s away loss to Akhisar.
Genclerbirligi 0-0 Trabzonspor
Ogenyi Onazi was in action for the entire duration, as he starred for Trabzonspor, at Gencerbirligi. Onazi and five of his teammates were all booked in the logjam.
Besiktas 1-1 Baseksehir
Musa Muhammad was unlisted as Baseksehir failed to continue their winning streak, drawing away to Besiktas. It has been a fairy tale run for the newly promoted Turkish side, as they remain at the top of the Super Lig table.
Rizespor 1-5 Fernabahce
Super Eagles forgotten Central defender, Godfrey Oboabona fell heavily with Rizespor, to visiting Fernabahce. With Super Eagles retiree, Emmanuel Emenike missing from Fernabahce’s match day squad, Senegalese striker, Moussa Sow, stole the headlines with a hat trick for Fernabahce.