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Europe Round-up: Mikel shines as Ideye, Ambrose also feature


/ by Biyi Akangbe

By: Obiweluozo Martins

John Obi Mikel in scintillating performance against Manchester United.
It was a frenetic week of football across Europe with various clubs engaging itself in a hectic encounter.

We capture Nigerians around Europe with their performance in Vogue. SoccerNet Nigeria takes a clean picture of Nigerian players abroad in Europe on Sunday.


Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was on the bench for the entire duration of the game as goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain I the 23rd and 24th minute enabled the Gunners overpower promoted side AFC Bournemouth 2-0 away from home.

Elsewhere, Chelsea veteran John Obi Mikel was outstanding for the entire 90minutes as Chelsea salvaged a 1-1 draw against Manchester United off Diego Costa’s boot.


Jerry Uche Mbakogu was on the bench for the entire duration of the game as his side Capri went down 1-0 to SSC Napoli courtesy of a 69th minute penalty by Gonzalo Higuain.

Joel Chukwuma Obi returned to action but lasted 57 minute as he was replaced by Alexander Farnerud as his Torino side lost 1-2 at home to visiting Chievo Verona.

Nigerian duo of striker Umar Sadiq (18) and right back Abdullahi Nura (18) was on the bench for their club AS Roma as they defeated Sampdoria 2-1.


Talented forward Isaac Success Ajayi lasted the entire duration of the game while compatriot and teammate Henry Uche Agbo was not listed in Granada’s match day as they lost 1-2 to Real Madrid.


Vincent Enyeama as usual lasted the distance for Lille Losc as they share the spoils with Rennes at 1-1.


On loan Club Brugge midfielder Mikel Agu was not listed in Club Brugge‘s match day squad while Moses Simon lasted 71 minute for KAA Gent and was replaced by Kenneth Kaief as Club Brugge won 1-0.

Elsewhere, Nigerian striker Joseph Akpala lasted 85 minute of the game and was replaced by Bruno Godeau as his club side FC Oostende defeat Lokeren 1-0 courtesy of South Africans Andile Jali’s solitary strike.


Obiora Nwankwo was missing entirely from action as his Academica side drew 2-2 at home with FC Nacional.

Former Youth International Abdullahi Shehu lasted the distance as his side Uniao da Madeira lost 1-0 at home to Moreirense.

Uche Nwofor was on the bench for the entire duration of the game while his Boavista teammate Michael Uchebo and midfielder Gabriel Reuben did not make the match day squad as Boavista defeat host Pacos de Ferreira 1-0 away from home.


Simmy Nwankwo salvaged a 2-2 draw for Gil Vincente in the 62minute of the game with a goal as Gil Vincente drew 2-2 with Famalicao.

Elsewhere talented Chidi Osuchukwu lasted the distance for Braga B side which drew 2-2 with Oliveirense in front of their home fans.


Hearts new signing Abiola Dauda lasted the distance while teammate Juwon Oshaniwa came in for Alim Oezturk in the 50th minute of the game and was booked 15minutes later (75minutes) as Hearts drew 2-2 at home with visiting Hibernian.

Celtic Efe Ambrose lasted the distance for Celtic at the heart of the defence as they defeated East Kilbride FC 2-0 away from home.


Manuel Akanji was on the bench for the entire duration of the game as his FC Basel side defeated FC Luzern 3-0.


Olympiakos forward Aide Brown Ideye lasted the distance as Olympiakos defeated PAOK Thessaloniki FC 1-0 at home.


Godfrey Oboabona lasted the entire duration of the game as his side Rizespor drew 1-1 with visiting Eskisehirspor.

In-form John Chibuike lasted the distance for his side Gaziantepspor while teammate, Gbenga Arokoyo was not listed in match day Squad as Gaziantepspor lost 4-0 to Turkish Giant Bekistas.


Chikeluba Ofoedu was on target in the 68th minutes of the game as his Samsunspor side lost 1-2 at home to FC Kasiyaka.


Former youth International Ganiu Ogungbe lasted the distance as his side Ethnikos Achnas lost 1-3 to visiting APOEL Nicosia.


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