Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Agu continued to show his dominance in the Portuguese League as he led Guimarães to their first league win of the campaign against Pacos de Ferreira, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 27-year-old was named in the starting XI for the second time this season following his impressive first run last week against Rio Ave where he helped them to their first point, with another Nigerian Abbas Ibrahim named on the bench for the visitors.
But despite seeing a fair share of the ball in the first half, the hosts were made to do plenty of defending as the visitors came at them from all angles and had goalkeeper Bruno Varela to thank when they went into the break goalless.
Guimarães however turned their possession to a more meaningful attack in the second period and were later rewarded with a goal when substitute Rochina was brought down seven minutes from time with club captain Andre Andre stepping up to dispatch the resulting kick into the net and seal all 3 points.
Agu, who did play the entire match duration, had another fantastic outing with a rating 7.1, completing 89% of his passes, winning 4 duels, making 4 key tackles, 3 interceptions, and also making 2 clearances.
The win eases the pressure on new coach Tiago who has now gathered 4 points from his opening 3 games with Vitoria Guimarães now moving up to 6th on the log.
Elsewhere, it was another run for Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem who featured for the entire match duration as he Boavista side was held to a 1-1 draw away at Moreirense.
The on-loan FC Porto Man started his second league game for the club with former Manchester United forward Angel Gomes giving them a lead in the first half to put them in pole position for their first win.
They were however pegged back five minutes after the hour mark as a Fabio Avery’s well-taken penalty ensured Boavista remain winless after their opening 3 games.
The 23-year-old, who now turns his attention to Nigeria’s friendly next week, finished with a rating of 6.6, made 5 clearances, 4 interceptions, won 3 duels, and also completed 72% of his passes.