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Europe Wrap: Fred Friday scores as Ideye, Igiebor feature


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
AZ Alkmaar striker Fred Friday(21) scored his side second goal in the 3-0 win in the Europa-League.

It was an entertaining mid-week of action in Europe as various clubs were in contention for league games and qualifying matches to book a place in continental championships around Europe. As all action are getting hotter, we take out time to catch a glimpse of the Nigerian players abroad who featured for their respective clubs. On this note we highlight the performance of these Nigerian professionals who are making hay while the sun shines for themselves across various venues in Europe during the mid-week fixtures.


FC Midtjylland duo of Rilwan Hassan and Paul Onuachu started the match for their side but Rilwan Hassan lasted for the entire duration while Onuachu was replaced in the 78th minute by Mikkel Dueland. The duo were booked in the 66th and 23rd minute respectively while Osmanlispor FK midfield player Raheem Lawal lasted for 61 minute and was replaced by Musa Cagiran as Osmanlispor FK defeated Midtjylland 0-1 away from home.
Olarenwaju Kayode started the game but was substituted at the 90th minute by Kevin Friesenbichler .Elsewhere Nigeria striker Sunny Omoregie came on in the 80th minute to replace his Maribor teammate Brazilian forward Marcos Tavares (32) as Maribor lost 3-1 to host FK Qabala.
Nigeria and Maccabi Tel Aviv midfield player Nosakhare Emmanuel Igiebor was on from start to finish as they beat visiting side Hajduk Split 2-1 in the Europa League qualification.
 Nigeria duo of Imoh Ezekiel (due to Olympic involvement) and Stefano Chuka Okaka was missing in action for Anderlecht (attack) as the Belgium giant defeated Slavia Prague 0-3.
Nigerian defender Musa Mohammad was missing in action for Istanbul Basaksehir match day squad as they lost 1-2 to Ukraine giants Shakhtar Donetsk.
In-form striker Emmanuel Emenike lasted the entire duration of the game for Fenerbahce side on the right wing as they defeated visiting side Grasshopper FC with a huge 3-0 win.
Nigeria Super Eagles invitee Wilfred (Onyinye) Ndidi lasted the entire duration of the game in the double midfield pivot as his visiting side Genk FC drew 2-2 at host NK Lokomotiva.
Nigeria forward and AZ Alkmaar new signing Fred Friday grabbed the second goal for his side in the 45th minute as he finished a one-on-one move in between the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 2-0 as they defeated host Vojvodina FC 3-0 away from home.
Gent talented forward Moses Simon came on in the 73rd minute for Thomas Matton as they defeated FK Shkendija 2-1.
Olympiacos forward Brown Ideye lasted the entire duration of the game upfront as they claimed a vital 0-1 away win at Arouca FC.
AS Trencin duo of defender Christopher Udeh and Samuel Kalu lasted the entire duration of the game while Aliko Bala lasted only 63rd minute and was replaced by Erik Prekop while midfield talent Ibrahim Rabiu came into the fray at 62nd minute of the game to replace Denis Janco as AS Trencin lost 0-4 at home to visiting side Rapid Wien.

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