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It was a weekend of very few goals for Nigerian players across Europe. However, one good news was the return of Super Eagles’ vice captain Eddie Onazi, who did a lone man’s job to propel his side to victory.

In our usual manner, AOIFootball.com brings you up to speed on their performances over the past weekend.

ENGLAND

Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Ihenacho and Ahmed Musa: Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi was on for all 90 minutes as Leicester City lost 2-0 to Manchester City.

Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench in the 67 minute but could not help prevent his former employers from winning while Ahmed Musa was again not listed for the 12th consecutive EPL match.

Alex IwobiDespite his stellar performance against Argentina, Alex Iwobi was on the bench for Arsenal has they defeated London rivals 2-0 at the Emirates.

He was however introduced in the 84th minute for Germany star, Mesut Ozil.

Ola Aina: Nigerian international Ola Aina was on from start to finish as Championship side Hull City played out a 2-2 draw with Ipswich.

AUSTRIA

Ibrahim AlhassanThe Nigerian midfielder started from the bench in the 71st minute but could not prevent Austria Vienna from losing 2-3 at home to visiting Admira in the Austrian Bundesliga.

BELGIUM

Henry Onyekuru and Taiwo Awoniyi: Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru netted his 7th league goal of the campaign when he scored the winner for Anderlecht in their 2-1 win away at Mouscron who also had former U-17 World Cup winner Taiwo Awoniyi on their books.

With scores level at 1-1, the on-loan Everton striker scored the winner 10 minutes from time when he converted a Sofiane Hanni pass to give his side all 3 points

Onyekuru was withdrawn in the 87th minute while Awoniyi was on for the entire match duration.

Joseph Akpala and Uche Agbo: Nigerian duo of Joseph Akpala and Uche Agbo were both on parade for their respective clubs when Standard Liege squared up against Oostende in a match that ended goalless.

Agbo and Akpala both started the match which saw both teams receiving matching orders.

Akpala was withdrawn just on the hour mark while Uche Agbo was also withdrawn with twelve minute of regulation time remaining.

Kingsley Madu and Aliko Bala: Nigeria duo of Kingsley Madu and Aliko Bala were both confined to the substitute bench has Zulte Waregem lost one nil at home to KRC Genk.

Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure: Nigerian striker Dennis Emmanuel saw just two minutes of Club Brugge 3-0 win over Waasland Beveren.

Abdul Ajagun: Nigerian international Abdul Ajagun saw just 8 minute of action for his Belgian side Kortrijk in their 3-2 win over St. Truiden over the weekemd.

BULGARIA

Musa Muhammed: The former under 17 winning skipper was on for all 90 minutes for Lokomotiv Plovdiv as they lost 3-0 at home to Ludogorets Razgard.

He was however yellow carded in the 30th minute of the encounter.

 CYPRUS

Abdullahi Shehu: The Super Eagles’ right-back saw 90 minutes of action in the Cyprus league as he’s side Anorthosis beat Ermis Aradppou 2-1 away from home.

FRANCE

Chidozie Awaziem: The Super Eagles’ defender was on from start to finish as Nantes were beaten 4-1 by PSG, the defender also picked up a yellow card in the encounter.

GREECE

Emmanuel Emenike and Nwankwo Obiora: Nigerian international Obiora Nwankwo was on for the entire match duration has his side Levadiakos lost 2-1 away to Olympiacos.

Emenike was not listed by Olympiakos for the encounter.

HOLLAND

Tyronne Ebuehi: The Super Eagles’ right- back was on from start to finish as Den Haag thrashed Heracles 4-1.

Kelechi Nwakali: He was on the bench for the entire match as his side VVV Venlo forced Feyenoord to a 1-1 draw.

ITALY

Joel Obi and Sadiq Umar: The Super Eagles’ midfielder put in a man of the match performance for Torino in their 1-1 draw at home to Chievo Verona.

The midfielder assisted Daniele Baselli to equalise for Torino, had a match rating of 7.8, completed 91.7% of his passes, won 7 of his 8 duels contested and made 3 key tackles.

Obi was on for 66 minutes before been substituted.

ISRAEL

Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu: Nigeria internationals John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme were on for the entire duration of Hapoel Be’er Sheva 3-1 at home to Hapoel Akko.

NORWAY

Samuel Adegbenro: The Nigeria international saw 72 minutes of action for Rosenborg BK as they beat Viking Fk 2-0 at home.

Adegbenro was provider for the first goal when he set up former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner to open scoring on the 8th minute.

Anthony Ideki and Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim: Nigerian international Shuaibu Ibrahim was on for an hour for Haugesund while Anthony Ideki was introduced in the 73rd minute. Both players could not prevent their club from losing 2-0 to Tromso IL.

Anthony Izuchukwu was on the bench for the entire match duration for Haugesund.

Chidera Ejuke: The 19- year-old Nigerian scored his 5th league goal of the season when he opened scoring in the 8th minute as Valerenga ran out 2-0 winners over Odds.

The young striker, who was on for 74 minutes, had a match rating of 7.3, passing accuracy of 95.5%, had two shorts on target and won 3 of his 5 duels.

Mathew Ifeanyi, Moses Ebiye, Charles Ezeh and Chijoke Udoji: Nigeria internationals Chijoke Udoji and Mathew Ifeanyi were both on from start to finish as Lillesstrom lost 0-1 at home to Molde.

Moses Ebiye was introduced in the 90 minute while Charles Ezeh was only good for the bench for Lillestrom.

RUSSIA

Brian Idowu: The new Super Eagles’ hot shot was on for the entire match duration and helped Amkar Perm to a goalless draw away to FK Rostov.

Aaron Samuel: The Super Eagles’ striker was rooted to the bench for all 90 minutes as CSKA Moscow beat SKA-Khabarovsk 4-2.

SPAIN

Kayode Olarenwaju: The Super Eagles’ striker was on the bench for all 90 minutes as Girona drew 1-1 at home to visiting Real Sociedad.

SWITZERLAND

Stephen Odey: He was introduced in the 81st minute but could not stop his side from losing 2-1 away to Young Boys.

TURKEY

William Troost Ekong: The Super Eagles’ defender was in superb form has he marshalled Bursaspor’s defence in their goalless draw at home to Goztepe SK.

Mikel Agu was missing for Bursaspor as he continues his recovery from injury.

Aminu Umar, Raheem Lawal and Ogenyi Onazi: Super Eagles’ vice captain Eddie Onazi returned from a two weeks injury to help Trabzonspor to a 4-3 comeback win over Osmanlispor who had two Nigerians on their books.

Onazi was on for all 90 minutes while Raheem Lawal was on from start to finish and picked up a yellow card with compatriot Aminu Umar seeing 76 minutes of action.

Imoh Eziekel and Patrick Eze: Nigerian striker was on for 52 minutes while fellow compatriot Patrick Eze was in action for 23 minutes as their club Konyaspor drew 1-1 with Antalyaspor.

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