The penultimate game of the year in the Italian Serie A saw no fewer than four Nigerians in action with Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong the standout performers whilst Joel Obi lasted just 15 minutes after going off with injury and Orji Okwonko was given a surprise start against Bologna, reports.
At the Studio Olympico in Turin, Super Eagles’ wing back Ola Aina put in a master class performance as Torino signed off the year at home in style as they defeated Empoli 3-0 to CLIM to the top half of the table.
Goals from Nicolas N’Koulou, Lorenzo Silvestri and Iago Falgue where enough to hand Walter Nazzari’s men all three points going into their final game of the year.
Aina was, however, a commanding figure at the right full back position, earning a game rating of 8.0, completing 88% of his passes, winning 7 duels and also completing all five of his tackles attempted.
It was also the same feeling for William Troost-Ekong at the Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara, as his Udinese team claimed a hard-fought goalless draw away at SPAL to move two points off the relegation zone.
The Eagles defender featured for the entire match duration and had a game rating of 7.5, making 5 clearance, winning 5 of his 6 duels contested and also completed 88% of his passes attempted in the match.
It was however contrasting result for 2015 U-17 World Cup winner Orji Okwonko who was given a rare start for Bologna as they lost at home to Lazio by two unreplied goals.
The 20-year-old started just his second league game of the season before being replaced five minutes after the hour mark as goals from Luiz Felipe and Senad Lulic was enough to hand the boys from Rome all three points.
While at the Luiggi Ferraris in Genova, it was a rather sad way to end the year for Super Eagles’ midfielder Joel Obi who lasted just 15 minutes of his side 2-0 loss away at Sampdoria.
The midfielder who has been a constant figure for Chievo Verona this season was replaced after 15 minutes by after going down as goals from Fabio Guagliarella and Gaston Ramirez condemned Chievo Verona to their first league defeat in six outings.