Nigerian players abroad: Goal fest in Europe as Chukwueze, Musa, Osimhen score

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Pulse Sports review of the performances of foreign-based Nigerian players in Europe.

It was goal fest for Nigerian players abroad over the weekend as the likes of Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa and Victor Osimhen all netted for their respective club sides over the weekend.

The goalscorers are not just the focus of this article as we preview the performances of Nigerian players abroad.

In England

We start from England where Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho started Leicester City's Premier League clash away at Brighton & Hove from the bench but were introduced at different times of the game.

Ndidi and Iheanacho were both pivotal for Leicester City who fought back from a goal and a man down to earn a point. It was Iheanacho who earned the penalty from which Leicester City got their equaliser.

Super Eagles forward Isaac Success was a second-half substitute in Watford’s  0-3 home loss to Liverpool on Saturday, November 24.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi was on for 82 minutes and had a hand in both goals as the Gunners got a 2-1 win away at Bournemouth on Sunday, November 25.

 

In the Championship

Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi played the whole 90 minutes as Rotherham held to a 2-2 draw at home against Sheffield United.

In Italy

Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong played the whole 90 minutes as was sold all through to help Udinese record a 1-0 win over Roma on Saturday, November 24.

 

Nigerian midfield Joel Obi got a start and was taken off in the second half Chievo took a point away at Napoli with a goalless draw.

In Spain

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo was solid again for Leganes helping them to a 1-0 home win over Alaves.

 

Samuel Chukwueze netted a goal in Villarreal’s 2-1 win over Real Betis.

 

In Turkey

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru got straight into action for Galatasaray on Friday just after the international break and was in action all 90 minutes as they held to a 1-1 draw at home against Konyaspor.

Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi put in another fine shift for Trabzonspor as they beat Fenerbahce 2-1. His compatriot and teammate Anthony Nwakaeme was also from the start before he was taken off in the second half.

Nigerian striker Aminu Umar assisted Caykur Rizespor’s only goal in their 1-1 draw away at Sivasspor.

Striker Samuel Eduok grabbed an assist to help Kasimpasa to a 3-0 win over Yeni Malatyaspor.

In France

Samuel Kalu was a second-half substitute in Bordeaux's goalless away draw at Dion.

In Germany

Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins played the whole 90 minutes as Paderborn got a huge 5-1 away win at Heidenheim in a German division two game.

In Croatia

Nigerian player and elder brother of Isaac Success, Goodness Ajayi played for 86 minutes before he was substituted in NK Inter Zapresic’s 1-0 win away at NK Rudes.

Nigerian defender Godfrey Oboabona played the whole 90 minutes for HNK Gorica who were beaten 2-0 at home to Istra 1961 in the Croatian First Football League.

His compatriot and teammate Musa Muhammed was also on for the whole 90 minutes.

In Switzerland

Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) goal king Stephen Odey played the whole 90 minutes but could not get on the scoresheet in FC Zurich’s 3-3 draw away at Neuchatel Xamax in the Swiss Super League.

Nigerian forward Blessing Chibuike Eleke played for the whole 90 minutes in FC Luzern’s 1-1 away draw to FC Basel.

In Belgium

 

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen was an instant impact for Sporting Charleroi, coming on from the bench to score his sixth goal of the season in their 4-2 win over KSC Lokeren.

Nigerian forward Francis Amuzu played the entire 90 minutes for Anderlecht who lost 2-4 away at Sint-Truidense.

Super Eagles midfielder Uche Agbo was quickly summoned from the bench in the 30th minute to help Standard Liege to a 3-0 win over KAS Eupen.

Nigerian midfielder Anderson Esiti was on for 90 minutes as Gent were held to a goalless draw away at Royal Antwerp.

His teammate and compatriot Taiwo Awoniyi was a second-half substitute.

In Australia

Nigerian striker Emeka Eze netted the opener for Sturm Graz in their 2-0 win away at SC Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian Bundesliga.

In Bulgaria

Nigerian defender Stephen Eze played all the 90 minutes as Lokomotiv Plovdiv were beaten 1-0 at home by Bulgarian A PFG leaders Ludogorets Razgrad.

In Czech Republic

Nigerian midfielder Ubong Ekpai was on for 82 minutes in Viktoria Plzen’s 1-1 draw away at Slovan Liberec.

Forward Peter Olayinka made an instant impact for Slavia Praha after coming on as a second-half substitute to their third goal in their 3-1 win over Karvina.

In Denmark Paul Onuachu, netted his 10th league goal of the season for Midtjylland in their 1-2 loss away at Kobenhavn in the Danish Superliga.

His compatriots Frank Onyeka and Rilwan Hassan were second-half substitutes for the host.

In Saudi Arabia

Super Eagles star Ahmed Musa netted the only goal for Al-Nassr in their 1-0 win over Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League on Friday, November 23

 

In Norway

Three Nigerian players David Babajide and Adeleke Akinyemi got themselves on the scoresheet in the Eliteserien clash between Haugesund and Start on Saturday, November 24.

David opened the scoring for Haugesund in the 59th minute to help them to a come-back 3-1 home win over Start who took the lead in the 12th minute through Akinyemi.

Afeez Aremu was a second-half substitute for Start.

Nigerian midfielder Ifeanyi Mathew played the whole 90 minutes as Lillestrom got a home 2-0 win over Kristiansund BK.

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