EiE: Chukwueze, Ndidi, Collins on target

EiE: Chukwueze, Ndidi, Collins on target

The trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Wilfred Ndidi and Collins Jamilu were the only Super Eagles players to find the back of the net at the weekend in Europe.

Eagles in Europe, EiE, recap how it all happened and the performances of other Super Eagles players.

Chukwueze led the way off the bench with a superb display for LaLiga side, Villarreal against Real Betis on Friday.

With the game level at 1-1, his coach looked at him for redemption and Chukwueze gladly obliged him with a man of the match performance in just 33 second half minutes.

The 19-year-old not only led the Yellow Submarines to a comfortable 5-1 at the end but won the penalty that Santi Carzola scored to put them 2-1 up, before grabbing a goal his display deserved to complete the thrashing.

At the Estadio Nuevo, it was a battle between three Super Eagles players, host, Ramon Azeez of Granada, and Leganes duo of Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem.

Azeez’s Granada sealed a narrow 1-0 win at the end, with all three players on the pitch. While Omeruo and Awaziem were on the pitch from start to finish, picking up a yellow card each, Azeez played an hour before he was substituted.

Jamilu Collins’ Paderborn may be struggling in the Bundesliga following their promotion, but at the weekend, the Super Eagles left-back netted his first goal for the club.

Collins and Paderborn welcomed champions Bayern Munich but were unable to stop the Robert Lewandowski inspired Bavarians who left with a 3-2 win.

However, Collins ensured the scoreline was more respectable for Paderborn when he pulled a second goal back for his side on 84 minutes.

The defender also created a chance, completed 100% of his dribbles and won one tackle in the 90 minutes he played.

Wilfred Ndidi was another defensive player who found himself on the score sheet at the weekend, but this time in the English Premier League.

Ndidi also scored the last goal for Leicester City as they beat Newcastle United 5-0 at the Kings Power.

The defensive midfielder didn’t just score but was also brilliant in his defensive duty, raking up five (5) interceptions, two tackles and one chance created.

He ended that game as the player to win the most duels (12).

At Goodison Park, it does seem Alex Iwobi has to show his manager more if he wants to start regularly at Everton.

He started on the bench in their 1-3 loss to Manchester City but still played over an hour in the match after he came on for the injured Theo Walcott just seven minutes into the game.

He created two chances, two key passes and completed 96% of his passes.

In the Championship, Oghenekaro Etebo put in a man of the match display for Stoke City but it was not enough to earn his side at least a point.

Etebo covered every blade of grass in 90 minutes but watched the Potters fall 2-3 at home to Nottingham Forest.

He completed the most take-one (6), 98% of his passes, created two chances, two key passes and won 14 defensive duels.

A brilliant box to box outing by the Super Eagles powerhouse who added four interceptions.

Semi Ajayi may not have scored this time for West Bromwich Albion, but led them to a clean sheet away to Queens Park Rangers.

The Baggies came, saw and conquered their hosts 0-2 with Ajayi on from start to finish.

William Troost-Ekong also enjoyed a clean sheet at the weekend with Udinese who defeated Bologna 1-0 in the Italian Serie A.

Troost-Ekong, however, picked up a yellow card in that game, his first of the campaign.

For the Super Eagles contingents in France, only Henry Onyekuru and Moses Simon tasted victory with his club, AS Monaco.

Onyekuru was a spectator on the bench where he watched Monaco thrash Brest 4-1, while Simon’s Nantes defeated Lyon 0-1 with the winger on the pitch for 75 minutes.

Champions, PSG, kept Samuel Kalu and his Bordeaux teammates quiet for 90 minutes in a narrow 0-1 win for the holders.

Victor Osimhen failed to add to his six goals this season as he was caged for 89 minutes by Nice defenders in their 1-1 draw.

Club Brugges hammered KV Mechelen 0-5 without any input from Dennis Emmanuel who was on the bench from start to finish.

Anderson Esiti and Shehu Abdullahi complete the roundup for this week.

Esiti was an unused substitute in POAK Thessaloniki’s 2-2 draw away to AEK Athens, while Abdullahi and Bursaspor defeated Erzurum 1-0 in the Turkish second division.

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