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Ighalo, Chukwueze, other Nigerian Players shine abroad


Ighalo, Chukwueze, other Nigerian Players shine abroad

As football activities continues across the globe, especially in the Europe’s topflight leagues, some Nigeria internationals were in action. Odion Ighalo, Anthony Ujah, Suleiman Abdullahi and Olarenwaju Kaylee were all in the scoresheet for their various clubs.

Ighalo broke the deadlock in an English FA Cup quarter-final match against Norwich City 2-1. The Red Devil bagged a 51st minute goal that was denied by Todd Cantwell 75th minute goal. The match went beyond the regulation playing time (extra time) until Maguire’s winning decider at the 118th.

Odion Ighalo

The former Watford hit man’s goal against the Daniel Farke’s lads was leveled with the Manchester club record set by Jimmy Hansen in 1925, as the 31-year-old forward is ‘the second player in the club to score in each of his four competitive starts for the Red Devils’, according to

Recall that the former Granada forward was in Premier League action last Wednesday after Anthony Martial played 80 minutes of the match against Sheffield United 3-0 it ended in favour of the Manchester club. The Red Devils continue the quest for the ticket of the UEFA Champions League next Tuesday against Potter Graham’s Brighton.

In the final league matches played in Germany, where Bayern Munich is the current league champion, Union Berlin’s Anthony Ujah and Suleiman Abudullahi were both on the score sheet in an outstanding victory against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday. Three unreeled goals by the two Nigerians at the 26th and 90th minutes plus Christian Gentner’s goal at the 54th minute Urs Fisher’s lad to have a cruise control over the 17th placed Dusseldorf.

Anthony Ujah

Olarenwaju Kayode was also on target for Gaziantep against Paul Mukairu’s Antalyaspor on Sunday. Kayode who scored his 10th goal for the Turkish outfit at the 51st minutes of the match, but his goal could not secure the maximum three points for Marius Sumudica side. Gaziantep will be up against Denizlispor on Friday.

Olanrewaju Kayode

Wilfred Ndidi could not help the Foxes advanced to the semi-final stage of the Emirate FA tourney against Chelsea last Sunday. A lone 63rd minute goal by Ross Barkley was all the Lampard’s side got, to send Brendan Rogers’s men packing from the English topflight contest.
In the last Premier League match against Brighton which ended in stalement, both Ndidi and Iheanacho were in action. The 3rd placed PL club will be hoping to cement their place in the top four against Alex Iwobi’s Everton next Wednesday.

At the Carrow Road, last Wednesday, Alex Iwobi was part of the winning party was up against the Canaries, 0-1 , courtesy of Micheal Keane 55th strike against Daniel Fakre’s men. The former Arsenal player will be hoping to be in the plans of the Ancelloti against PL 3rd placed Leicester city, on the 1st of July.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was also in Emirate FA game against Sheffield United last Saturday. Goals from Ivoary Coast’s Nicolas Pepe at the 25th minutes and Dani Ceballos at the 90+, ensured Mikel Arteta’s army to be at the semi-final stage of the competition.

The England-born Nigerian was also on the field of play a win against Ralph Hasenhutti’s men last Thursday, 0-2, it ended at St. Mary’s Stadium. The PL ninth placed London club will be facing the Canaries next Saturday.
In the English Championship, West Bromich Albion defender, Semi Ajayi was in action in defeat to Brentford last Saturday, hoping to come back into winning ways next Wednesday against Sheffield Wednesday.

In the Spanish La Liga, Chidozie Awaziem could not help Leganes at Estadio El Sadar, Javier Aguirre’s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Osasuna courtesy Enric Gallego brace at the 9th and 90 plus. The Los Pepineros will on Tuesday, fight themselves out of the relegation zone against Sevilla.

At the home of the Yellow Submarines, Samuel Chukwueze was on the field of play in the victory against the Valencia. First half goals by Alcacer 14th minute and Moreno 44th were put in the bag against Celades’s men. In the quest to secure the ticket of the prestigious UEFA Champions League, Villareal will be up against Real Betis on July 1st.

In the Italian serie A, Torino’s Ola Aina could not help his side win against Cagliari in the just concluded week. In a six goal thriller, four goals from Nandez at the 12th minute, Simeone at the 17th, Riyad Naingollan (46 minutes.) and Joao Pedro at the 69th, ensured the defeat of Moreno Longo’s men. Goals from Bremer and Belloti could not return the Turin-based club to winning ways. The club will up against second place Lazio tomorrow.

In the same league, Victor Moses was in the winning party against Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini yesterday. Two second half goals by De Vrij and Bastoni were all Antonio Conte’s men had to maintain their qualification to the UEFA Champions League. They will face Brescia next Wednesday.

William Troost-Ekong was in the Udinese starting eleven that suffered a home defeat against Atlanta last Sunday, as two goals from Kevin Lasagna at the 31st and the 87th minutes could not help Luca Gotti’s men to turn around the match against Gian Gasperini’s army. Udinese hope to come back into winning ways against Roma.

Jamiu Collins of Paderborn was in the first eleven team that suffered an away defeat to Frankfurt, 3-2 it ended. Two goals from Drager and Michel at 55th and 75th respectively, could not help Steffen Baugmart side to secure a win.

Noah Sarenren could not help Ausburg to win their final league match against RB Leipzig, 1-2, it ended. Vargas’s goal at the 71st minute was not enough to deny Timo Werner’s brace.

In the Turkish league, Henry Onyekuru was in the Galatasaray’s starting eleven against Istanbul. A winning decision was not made between the two Turkish clubs as it ended 1-1. Fatih Terim’s men will match up against Trabzonspor next Sunday.

In the second cadre of the Turkish league Bursaspor defender Shehu Abdullah played on a new role for the club, as they defeated Emeka Eze’s Adanaspor at home, courtesy Bingol’s 8th minute strike.

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