EiE: Iheanacho,  Nwankwo emerge Stars of the weekend 

EiE: Iheanacho,  Nwankwo emerge Stars of the weekend 

Super Eagles duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Simy Nwankwo were the standout performers from an entertaining weekend of football.  

Another impressive performance from the two in form Super Eagles players headlines this week’s EiE report card on players plying their trade in Europe.  

Iheanacho,  alongside compatriot Wilfried Ndidi, continued from where he stopped after a man of the match display for Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final. 

The forward inspired the Foxes to a semifinal place following a 3-1 win over Manchester United on sunday. Iheanacho was involved in all the goals, scoring two in either half and assisting the third. 

His latest masterclass follows that hat-trick show in the PL at the same ground the previous weekend. 

5 goals in his last two outings take his tally to 15 goals in his last 15 matches in all competitions, a superb form heading into the international break with the Eagles. 

That’s not all, Iheanacho was really at his creative best for the Foxes against the Red Devils, whose defense struggled to keep in check the Nigerian as he created four chances and made three key passes. 

Still in England and the FA Cup, where Alex Iwobi and Everton came short in their quest for a semifinal place.

The Toffees faced Manchester City who proved just two good with a comfortable 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

However, the home side were without their Nigerian playmaker until three minutes to the end of the match. 

Ola Aina and Josh Maja played for 72 and 46 minutes respectively as Fulham fell 1-2 to Leeds United in a PL encounter on Friday.  

In the second division, Watford and William Troost-Ekong recorded another clean sheet and win to keep their promotion hopes alive. Ekong played from start to finish as they saw off competition from Birmingham. 

Champions elect, Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun were held to a 1-1 draw by Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.  

Both Super Eagles played 77 and 56 minutes respectively in the game. 

Serie A based duo of Victor Osimhen and Simy Nwankwo were in action for Napoli and Crotone. 

While Osimhen was a second half substitute in Napoli’s 0-2 win at AS Roma and fired blanks, Nwankwo started and scored a goal in a 2-3 home defeat to Bologna. 

The goal was Simy’s 13th of the season,  the most any Nigerian has scored in the Serie A ever. 

Villarreal defeated Granada 2-1 on Sunday with Samuel Chukwueze playing for 46 minutes. 

Young goalkeeper Maduka Okoye was denied another clean sheet as Heracles snatched a point with a late goal for a 1-1 draw with Rotterdam United in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Two days earlier,  Tyronne Ebuehi’s FC Twente also shared the spoils with their host Heerenven following a goalless affair. 

Despite playing for 85 minutes, Paul Onuachu was caged all through as Genk played out a 2-2 at home to Standard Liege in Belgium. 

Zaidu Sanusi played full game as FC Porto picked all points at Portimonese courtesy a 1-2 win, while Chidozie Awaziem missed Boavista’s 0-1 loss to Farense at home due to a red card he picked up last weekend. 

Turkey based duo of Henry Onyekuru and Oghenekaro Etebo were on the pitch as Galatasaray lost 3-4 to Rizespor. 

Etebo lasted the duration of the game, with Onyekuru a second half substitute.  

All the players featured here bar Nwankwo are expected to join up with the Super Eagles for the first international break of the season.  

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