Sports: Iwobi galvanises Arsenal, Troost-Ekong can’t stop Milan and Odey is on fire, how Nigeria players fared over the weekend

A look at how Nigerian players fared with their respective clubs all over the world.

Over the weekend, Nigerian players, as usual, were in action for their respective sides all over the world.

From England to Spain, to Italy and China, Nigerian players played their parts as football actions continued across the world.

We review their performances in this piece.

In England

We start from England where Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi played a crucial role in Arsenal’s impressive 1-1 home draw against Liverpool. Iwobi came on in the 68th minute and made an assistwith a defence-splitting pass from which Alexandre Lacazette scored from to level the score for the host.

Isaac Success’ good form so far this season earned him a start in Watford’s trip to Newcastle United although he couldn’t stop the Hornets from losing at the Saint James Park 1-0.

Wilfred Ndidi played the whole 90 minutes as grieving Leicester City got a 1-0 win away at Cardiff.

In the Championship

Nigerian defender Semi Ajayi was on from start to finish for Rotherham United who came back from a goal down to beat Swansea City 2-1.

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo got a rare start for Stoke City in their home goalless draw against Middlesbrough.

In Italy

Nigerian full-back Ola Aina continued his good form with an assist in Torino’s 4-1 away win over Sampdoria on Sunday. That was his 10th game for the Serie A side since he joined them on loan from Chelsea in the summer.

Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong was on for 90 minutes for Udinese but could not stop a 0-1 loss to AC Milan on Sunday.

Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi played for 71 minutes as Chievo Verona suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Sassuolo.

In Spain

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo was on from the start and was impressive for Leganes in a 1-1 home draw against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Super Eagles new boy Samuel Chukwueze played the whole 90 minutes for Villareal in their 1-1 home draw against Levante.

In the Segunda Division

Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was on the end of a thumping with Elchewho were humiliated 5-1 by Cadiz.

In Switzerland

Former MFM FC striker Stephen Odey was on the scoresheet again as FC Zurich beat Luzern 5-2. That was Odey’s third goal in four games.

His compatriot Blessing Eleke was also on the scoresheet for Luzern.

In Russia

Super Eagles full-back Brian Idowu was a half-time substitute for Lokomotiv Moscow who got a 3-1 win over Arsenal Tula in the Russian Premier League.

In Germany

Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah played the last 16 minutes of Mainz’s 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen.

In the 2. Bundesliga

In German division two, Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins played 79 minutes in Paderborn‘s away 0-2 loss at Duisburg.

In Belgium

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen played the who 90 minutes but could not get on the scoresheet as Sporting Charleroi were beaten 2-1 away at Oostende.

Super Eagles midfielder Uche Agbo played 62 minutes in Standard Liege’s shock home 0-2 loss to Royal Antwerp.

Anderson Esiti played the whole 90 minutes in Gent’s 3-1 home win over Kortrijk. His compatriot Imoh Ezekiel came on for the final 13 minutes for the visitors.


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