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Europe Wrap: Bala, Aluko score as Iheanacho, Musa, Ikeme feature


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
Aliko Bala with the 69th minute goal poaching winner for AS Trencin in their 3-2 away win at the weekend.
Another weekend of European football saw action in different leagues in Europe, some Pre-Season games and the beginning of the Premier League.

The stage is set as European football takes center stage as fans are been glued to their seat to know the outcome of subsequent games in Europe. As the English Premier League returns along with other leagues across Europe and continental games we capture Nigerian abroad according to their performance for their performance for their respective clubs.

On this note we take a look at how Nigerian players abroad fared across different venues in Europe.


The Premier League opener saw Hull City beat Champions Leicester City 2-1 as Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa was handed a first start for Leicester. He lasted the entire duration of the game while Hull City’s Moses Odubajo was not listed in the match day squad.

Anglo-Nigerian striker Freddie Ladapo was on the bench for the entire duration of the game to visiting West Bromwich Albion side.
At Goodison Park, Anglo-Nigerian and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley lasted the entire duration of the game while Tottenham and Anglo-Nigerian talent Dele Alli was also on for 90 minutes while Tottenham youngster Joshua Onomah was rooted on the bench for the entire duration of the game as Everton drew 1-1 with visiting Tottenham Hotspur.

At St. Mary’s Stadium, Odion Ighalo could not find the back of the net and was replaced with Anglo-Nigerian and Scotland International winger Ikechi Anya in the 71st minute of the match while Premier League new boy Isaac Success was surprisingly not listed in Watford match day squad thus failing to make his Premier League debut as host Southampton drew 1-1 with visiting Watford.
At the Etihad Stadium, Kelechi Iheanacho came on to replace Gael Clichy at the 80th minutes of the game as he helped Man.City to a 2-1 win over Sunderland.


Sone Aluko inspires Fulham 2-1 away win over Preston North End.

Out of favour Super Eagles forward Omatsone Aluko was on target for Fulham FC in the 33rd minute of the game from Kevin Mc Donald assist as Fulham defeated host Preston North End 2-1 away from home. Aluko lasted for the entire duration of the game.
Blackburn and Super Eagles midfielder Hope Akpan was on the bench for the entire duration of the game as his side Blackburn Rovers lost 3-0 to host Wigan Athletic.
Carl Ikeme was in goal for 90minutes for Wolves while teammate and Anglo-Nigerian defender Dominic Iorfa lasted the distance as they defeated Jordan Obita’s Reading FC 2-0.The talented left back (Obita) was booked in the 88th minute of the game.


Talented youngster Ademola Lookman came on at the hour mark to replace Kevin Foley as his side Charlton Athletic 1-1 with Northampton Town. Elsewhere Millwall’s Fred Onyedimma came on to replace David Worsall in the 82nd minute of the game as they held host Milton Keynes Dons (MK Dons) to a 1-1 draw.

Spezia FC David Okereke lasted 67th minutes of the game and was replaced by Pietro Ceccaroni as Spezia defeated Udinese 2-3 in the match. Joel Chukwuma Obi was in action for 60minutes for Torino FC and was replaced by Danielle Baselli as Torino spanked Pro Vercelli 4-1.Pro Vercelli’s Nigeria forward Osarimen Ebagua came on for Andrea La Mantia in the 63rd minute of the game.  


As expected Vincent Enyeama was in goal for Lille Losc but could not prevent his side from losing 3-2 to host Metz FC .The Nigerian Legend was booked in the 67th minute of the game.


Tyronne Ebuehi was rooted to the bench for the entire duration of the game for ADO Den Haag as they claimed a vital 1-2 away win at Vitesse Arnhem.
Anglo-Nigerian Kingsley Ehizibue was in action for 63rd minute for PEC Zwolle as they lost 0-3 to visiting Sparta Rotterdam. Ehizibue was replaced by Stefan Nijland.   

Nigeria and Gent winger Moses (Daddy) Simon came on to replace Kenneth Saief in the 71st minute as goals from Gent’s Renato Neto in the 58th minute and Sporting’s David Pollet in the 70th minutes ensured that host Sporting Charleroi shared the spoils with Gent at 1-1.
Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru scored an 81st minute winner for Eupen FC as they Westerlo’s 1-2 away from home.
The defender turned midfielder Wilfred (Onyinye) Ndidi lasted the entire duration of the game at the heart of the Genk’s defence as host Genk FC drew 2-2 with Waasland-Beveren in the match. 

Anglo-Nigerian forward Temitope Ayoluwa Obadeyi lasted 63rd minute of the game and was replaced by Nick Van der Velden as his Dundee United side lost 1-0 to host Dumbarton FC.
Falkirk FC Tom Taiwo lasted the distance (entire duration of the game) as his Falkirk FC side lost 1-0 to Greenock Morton.


Celtic and Nigeria ball playing defender Efe Ambrose came on at 46th minute of the game to replace Deryck Boyata as Inter Milan defeated Celtic 2-0 with goals from Eder and Antonio Candreva in the 45th minute in the 45th and 71st minute of the game respectively.  

Midtjylland duo of Paul Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan were on the starting eleven for their team. Onuachu lasted the distance in the match while Hassan was replaced in the 73rd minute of the game by Vaclav Kadlec as FC Koebenhavn defeated the visiting Midtjylland side 3-1.


AIK and former Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu was rooted to the bench for the entire duration of the game while Helsingborg midfielder Monday Samuel came on at 80th minute to replace Anton Wede as AIK defeated visiting Helsingborg FC 2-1.


Ljungskile FC striker Ahmed Suleiman came on at the 58th minute to replace Linus Tornblad while Sirius FC forward Derick Moses Ogbu came on at 58th minute to replace Dragan Kapcevic as Sirius FC claimed a vital 0-2 away win over host Ljungskile FC side.


HIFK’s Nnaemeka Anyamele came on at 40th minute to replace Tuomas Aho as IIves FC beat HIFK 3-1.
FC Inter Faith Friday Obilor was in action for the entire duration of the game while teammate Kennedy Ugoala Nwanganga (25) came on to replace Ari Nyam in the 57th minute of the game as FC Inter lost 3-1 to host PS Kemi.


Kenneth Omeruo was not listed in Besiktas match day squad as both sides drew 1-1 against Turkish rival Galatasaray.


AS Trencin’s duo of Rabiu Ibrahim (25) and defender Christopher Udeh (18) was not listed In AS Trencin match day squad while Aliko Bala and Samuel Kalu started but was substituted in the 71st minute and 79th minute by compatriot Leonard Chisom Johnson and Erik Mikes as they claimed a 2-3 away win at host DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda. Aliko Bala scored the third goal for his side in the 69th minute after good works and Superb cross from Samuel Kalu on the right wing.


As expected CSKA Moscow forward Aaron Samuel was missing in action as he is recuperating from Injury. A Late goal from Georgi Milanov at the 90minute gives CSKA Moscow a vital win at host FC Ural.


Tunde Adeniji lasted for 86th minute of the game as his Levski Sofia side defeated visiting Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0. He was replaced by Medhi Bourabia with only four minutes of the game to spare.

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