Following the FIFA international window, Nigerian players plying their trades in Europe topflight league made some top performances for their various clubs over the weekend.
In the Italian Serie A, Nigerian marksman Victor Osimhen registered his first official goal for Napoli in a five goal thriller game match against Atalanta. The former Lille forward scored the last goal at the 43rd minute following a David Ospina long assist, but not until Hirving Lozano’s first half brace and Matteo Politano’s goal gave an early edge, such that Sam Lammers second half goal could not redeem the Gian Gasperini-led side.
However, Simeon Nwankwo gave an early lead for Crotone through the penalty against Juventus, but Alvaro Morata’s 21st goal forced the match into a stalemate.
In the Belgian league, Paul Onuachu was on target for Genk against Sporting Charleroi, as he broke the deadlock at the 25th minute. Though, Burundi’s hitman Sadio Berahino cancelled out the Genk early lead at the 48th minute, Joakim Pedersen crowned Domenico Oliver’s men effort by making the difference in victory at the 63rd minute of regulation playing time.
Also in Belgium, Club Brugge were victorious over Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht after three unreplied goals were scored by Krepin Diatta, Hans Vanaken and Ruud Williems. Nigeria’s Emmanuel Dennis and David Okereke were up for the victorious Philippe Clement-led side.
In Russia, Chidera Ekuje was also on target for CSKA Moscow against Dinamo Moscow. The 22 year old Nigerian scored his goal three minute after Konstantin scored in the 51st minute of the match. Igor Diveev 67th goal consolidate Viktor Goncharenk-led side victory, as such that Aleksander Kulch’s goal could not turn the Dinamo Moscow to victory.
As Victor Moses played his debut match for Spartak Moscow against Khimki, Brain Idowu found the back of the net for Khimki but Spartak Moscow had an edge beating Khimki three goals to two.
In the week seven of the Ligue 1, Josh Maja’s 83rd goal could not save Bordeaux from the defeat spearheaded by the Olympique Marseille. Goals from Pablo Castro, Jordan Amav and Florian Thauvin were all Marseille had to gun down Jean Louis Gasset-led side.
Meanwhile Nantes, at which Simon Moses plays for., taught Brest a football lesson as as Randal Kolo 16th minute and Ludovic Blas 30thl with Kador Bamba 79th goals pulled down Brest, even Romain Faivre 68th minute could not redeem but console the side.
In Eredivise, Tyronne Ebuehi was up for Twente against Willem II. Twente scored an unreplied three goals courtesy Danilo’s brace and Jayden Oosterwolde.
Kevin Akpoguma could not save his side , Hoffenheim against German giant, Borussia Dortmund, as Marcos Reus goal in the 76th minute was the only goal which could differentiate the sides from each other.
The tie between Schalke 04 and Union Berlin went into a 1-1 stalemate, as Taiwo Awoniyi’s introduction at the 63rd could not make a difference. Goncalo Pacienca and Marvin Friedreich were on target for Schalke 04 and Union Berlin respectively.
In the Spanish La Liga, Villareal stunned Valencia to defeat, as Dani Parejo scored against his former club to consolidate an early lead scored by his team mate, Paco Alcacer. Though, Valencia’s Gonzalo Guedes cancelled out Alcacer’s goal, could save Javi Garcia’s side. Samuel Chuwkueze was in action following the international break.
In the Premier League, Kelechi Iheanacho could not help Leicester City to beat Aston Villa, as Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the match at the dying minutes against City. The game between Ola Aina’s Fulham and Sheffield United ended in a 1-1 draw.
Also, the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool ended in a 2-2 draw. The game at which Alex Iwobi played, had Micheal Keane and Dominic Calvert-Dewin on target for Carlo Ancelloti side, as Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah were on the score sheet for Liverpool.
In Turkey, Brown Ideye could not help his side, Gotzepe fell narrowly before Fenerbahce,2-3 it ended. Galatasaray fell by a lone goal to Kasimpasa, courtesy the first half goal form Yusuf Erdogan, ‘Karo Etebo was up for his side.However, Olarenwaju Kayode’s Sivasspor had a resounding victory against Kayserispor,1-3 its ended.