As we approach the final stretch on the European scene, here’s another round up of Nigerian players who had played a part over the course of the weekend.
Super Eagles winger Victor Moses was back in action as Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in Saturday’s semi-final clash at Wembley. Moses barely burst forward in this game as we have become used to, but one of such rare surge drew a foul from Son Min in the penalty area and the resulting penalty was calmly finished by Willian.
Isaac Success came on in the 62nd minute In Watford’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Hull City. Success’ damaging drought in front of goal has now stretched to 16 games having scored just once in his 17 Premier League appearances this season.
Kelechi Iheanacho was an extra time substitute for goal scorer Sergio Aguero, but the forward missed the only chance he really should have taken as City kept chasing the game having gone behind to Alexis Sanchez eventual winning goal in the semi final of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Alex Iwobi was overlooked as Arsenal fought from behind to defeat Manchester City at Wembley in the semi final of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi were not in action as Leicester’s Premier League game against Arsenal was postponed due to the Gunner’s participation in the FA Cup.
In the Championship, Sone Aluko played for 77th minutes in Fulham’s 4-1 win away at Huddersfield Town as Fulham remain in a Premier League play-off spot.
Nigerian striker, Bright Edomwonyi was sent off in Rizespor’s 3-3 draw at home to Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday. Meanwhile, Nosa Igiebor played for 65 minutes in the draw while Godfrey Oboabona was not listed for the encounter.
Kenneth Omeruo made his 23rd appearance for Alanyaspor who lost 1-0 to Aminu Umar’s Osmalispor on Saturday.
Umar who made his 23rd appearance for his side has scored five times this season in the Turkish Super Lig, the last, a brace which came in a 4-1 win over Raheem Lawal’s Kayserispor earlier in the month.
Meanwhile, Raheem Lawal battled for 80 minutes as Kayserispor lost 2-1 at relegation battling Gazaintepspor.
Emem Eduok was a second half substitute as Kasimpasa battled to a goalless draw at Karabukspor.
Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi played all 90 minutes in his 20th league appearance for Trabzonspor in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Antalyspor.
Leon Balogun was a second half substitute as Mainz 05 dropped points against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Saturday. Mainz are only out of the relegation places due to an advantageous goal difference.
Tyronne Ebuehi put in an assured performance as his ADO den Haag defeated Sparta Rotterdam 0-1 to move 15th in the log.
Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi was overlooked as NEC Nijmegen continue to struggle for survival in the Eredivisie. Taiwo has only managed 916 minutes of football spread of 17 appearances this season.
Meanwhile, Kelechi Nwakali made his twenty-eight appearance for MVV Maastricht in the Jupiler league in their 2-2 draw with Jong PSV. The 18-year old midfielder has scored 2 goals already this season.
Nigerian duo John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme led Hapoel Beer Sheva to a 1-3 win at Beni Sakhnin on Saturday as the holders edge even closer to retaining their title and a place in the UEFA Champions League playoff spot.
In-form Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru scored his 19th goal of the season in all competitions for Eupen who played out a 3-3 draw away to Kortrijk in the Belgian Pro League play-offs on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The 19-year-old scored his side’s second goal in the 13th minute on the nervy encounter.
In just his second game of the Chinese Super League season, former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins scored his first goal of the season for his club Shanghai Shenhua in their 2-0 win over Guizhuo Zhincheng. Martins’ goal was his club’s second as doubled their lead in the 37th minute.
Still in China, Brown Aide Ideye scored his first goal for Tianjin Teda in a 3-0 rout of Yabian in the CSL.
Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi was however missing in action for Teda.
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