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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 winger Moses Simon who featured for the first time in two months after recovering from an injury.

 

AOIFootball.com brings you up to speed with their performances over the past weekend.

 

ENGLAND

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho: Wilfred Ndidi started his 29th league match for Leicester City who were speared by a late Riyadh Mahrez strike as they drew 1-1 at home to Bournemouth.

Ndidi was on for all 90 minutes while Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced in the 59th minute for Adrien Silva.

 

Victor Moses: The Blues’ wingback was on for all 90 minutes as Chelsea lost away to runaway leaders Manchester City by 1-0.

 

Alex Iwobi: Iwobi saw 74 minutes of action when Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish look almost impossible as they lost 2-1 away at Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

BELGIUM

Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Anderson Esiti and Joseph Akpala: Moses Simon returned to action for the first time in two months when he came off the bench in Gent’s 2-3 loss at home to Oostende with Akpala getting on the score sheet.

Joseph Akpala scored his sides second and his 5th league goal to Keep Oostende with a fighting chance to make the championship playoffs.

Samuel Kalu featured for all 90 minutes for Gent while Simon saw 20 minutes of action with Anderson Esiti confined to the bench for the entire duration.

 

Chuba Akpom: Nigerian hopeful Chuba Akpom saw 84 minutes of action as his side Sint-Truidense VV played out a goalless draw away to RCS Charleroi.

Akpom has scored once in five matches since his January loan switch from Arsenal.

 

Taiwo Awoniyi: He was sent off for Royal Excel Mouscron as they fell 1-2 at home to KSC Lokeren on Saturday.

The on-loan Liverpool striker was shown his marching orders in the 77th minute for a professional foul.

 

Abdul Ajagun and Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure: Abdul Ajagun started for his side KV Kortrijk but was unable to inspire them past Club Brugge as they lost 2-1 away from home.

Ajagun was on for 88 minutes while Dennis Emmanuel was introduced for Brugge in the 72nd minute but was unable to add to his 7 league goals so far.

 

Uche Agbo: Uche Agbo started his 25th league game of the season as Standard Liege beat KV Mechelen 3-2. The midfielder was on for all 90 minutes and was yellow-carded just before the hour mark.

 

Kingsley Madu and Peter Olayinka: Nigerian duo of Kingsley Madu and Peter Olayinka started for Zulte Waregem as they fell 2-3 at home to RSC Anderlecht.

Madu was however withdrawn after 21 minutes with his side down by two goals after 12 minutes of play while Peter Olayinka was on for all 90 minutes but failed to add to his seven league goals.

 

 

BULGARIA

Stephen Eze and Mustapha Abdullahi: Stephen Eze was deployed to left-back as he helped his side Lokomotiv Plovdiv to a goalless draw at home to Botev Plovdiv. He was on for all 90 minutes, while young star Mustapha Abdullahi made the bench for the first time for the home side.

 

CHINA

Odion Ighalo: Super Eagles’ striker Odion Jude Ighalo was in action for all 90 minutes as his side forced Shanghai Shenhua to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the Chinese league season.

Mikel Obi: Super Eagles’ captain John Obi Mikel was in action for all 90 minutes as his club Tianjin Teda began the new season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to a star-studded Hebei China Fortune.

 

 

FRANCE

Chidozie Awaziem: The defender was on for all 90 minutes as his side Nantes shocked Lyon 1-0 away from home.

 

GERMANY

Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah: It was a weekend to forget for Super Eagles’ defender Leon Balogun who got sent off in FSV Mainz 05 goalless draw away at Hamburger SV.

Balogun saw red after receiving a second yellow card in the 61st minute which led to a penalty for the home team. But his blushes were saved by the goalkeeper who saved the resulting spot kick.

Anthony Ujah came on in the 88th minute for Yoshinori Muto.

 

Victor Osimhen: Victor Osimhen was not listed by Wolfsburg as they lost 1-2 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

 

HOLLAND

Sadiq Umar: Olympic Bronze medallist Sadiq Umar was the hero for NEC Breda as he won and scored a second-half penalty to help his side stun defending champions Feyenoord 2-1 at home.

The goal was Umar’s third goal in five league outings since joining on loan from AS Roma in the winter transfer window.

 

Kingsley Ehizibue: Kingsley Ehizibue was on for all 90 minutes and put in a stellar performance to help his side PEC Zwolle to a 1-1 draw at home to VVV-Venlo.

The 22-year- old right winger was born in Munich by Nigerian parents and has been capped b the Netherlands at junior level.

 

Tyronne Ebuehi: The right back was on for all 90 minutes as his side ADO Den Hang lost 2-1 away to Sparta Rotterdam.

 

 

RUSSIA

Ahmed Musa: He started his first league game of the season as CSKA Moscow saw off Ural 1-0 in the Russian league.

Musa was substituted deep into stoppage time.

 

Aaron Samuel, Brian Idowu, and Fegor Ogude: Super Eagles’ striker Aaron Samuel started his first game for his new side Amkar Perm as they drew goalless away at Zenit with Fegor Ogude and Brian Idowu starting from the bench.

Samuel was replaced in the 65th minute while Fegor and Idowu were introduced in the 75 and 77 minutes respectively to help secure the precious away point.

 

 

SLOVAKIA

Hillary Gong Chukwah and Abdul Musa Zubairu: Nigeria young stars Hillary and Zubairu started for AS-Trencin as they spanked FC Vion Zlate Moravce 4-1 away from home.

19-year-old Hillary helped set up two goals for strike partner Antonio Mance in the 1st and 25th minute respectively.

Hillary has scored 4 goals in 17 starts and was on for all 90 minutes while Abdul Musa was withdrawn after 55 minutes.

 

Rabiu Ibrahim: Nigerian International Rabiu Ibrahim was in action for 81 minutes as Slovan Bratislava pip FC Nitra 1-0 away from home.

It was Rabiu’s 12th league start of the season.

 

 

SPAIN

Brown Ideye and Isaac Success: Super Eagles’ striker Brown Ideye started from the substitute bench as Malaga’s woes deepened when they lost 2-0 away at Leganes.

With his side 1-0 down, Ideye was introduced with half an hour left but he was unable to steer his side to victory and picked up a yellow card five minutes from time.

Isaac Success missed the game due to injury.

 

 

TURKEY

William Troost-Ekong, Mikel Agu, and Abdullahi Shehu: On Friday, Super Eagles’ defender Abdullahi Shehu started his 5th league match as Bursaspor ended their run of six consecutive matches without a win to beat Kayserispor 1-0 at home.

Abdullahi Shehu featured for all 90 minutes will Mikel Agu saw just one minute of action, while Troost Ekong was suspended for the encounter.

 

Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Eduok: Super Eagles’ defender Kenneth Omeruo started his 19th  league game for Kasimpasa as the played out a 1-1 draw against strugglers Osmanlispor on Saturday.

The Chelsea loanee was on for all 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in the 79th minute while compatriot Samuel Eduok was introduced with two minutes of regulation time left.

 

Azubuike  Okechukwu: The former Dream Team captain was on for all 90 minutes as he side won 1-0 away at Yeni Malatayaspor. He was yellow carded in the first half of the encounter.

 

 

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