EiE: Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo are Champions in Scotland 

EiE: Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo are Champions in Scotland 

It was celebration galore for Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo after they lifted the Scottish Premier League title while Paul Onuachu and Kelechi Iheanacho were at their scoring best again at the weekend. 

The quartet headline the Eagles in Europe, EiE, performance review of Super Eagles stars in Europe for this week. 

Balogun and Aribo helped Rangers to their 55th Scottish PL title and first in 10 years after they were crowned champions on Sunday having done the hard work earlier on Saturday. 

The champions-elect were too good for St. Mirren following a 3-0 home win on Saturday.  

However, rivals Celtic were held to a goalless draw at Dundee United 24 hours later which sealed Rangers title win, putting an end to their 10-year wait for a first league title. 

The Super Eagles duo featured in that home win on Saturday,  Aribo was on from start to finish while 32-year-old Balogun came off the bench as a substitute just before the hour mark for his 18th appearance in the league. 

From Scotland to England where it seems Iheanacho has rediscovered his scoring touch following another point saving display for Leicester City,  in the English Premier League.  

With the Foxes trailing to an early Adam Lallana goal at the break, it was Iheanacho who kick started Leicester come from behind win over Brighton he equalised just after the hour mark with another instinctive finish. 

The goal was his second consecutive league goal after that stunning effort the last time against Burnley at Turf Moor. 

It was his third PL goal of the season in 15 appearances and it proved decisive as fellow African, Ghana’s Daniel Amartey added a late second to seal all three points. 

Iheanacho,  who lasted 90 minutes before he was substituted, also created one chance and key pass, while his compatriot at the club, Wilfried Ndidi played from start to finish, making 7 interceptions and 8 recoveries. 

It was a famous win at Anfield for Fulham and Super Eagles Mr versatile,  Ola Aina as they compounded Liverpool’s woes with a narrow and hard-fought 0-1 win on Sunday.  

Aina made 9 recoveries and 2 interceptions to help the Cottagers to a deserved clean sheet and win. He featured for 90 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in the English second division,  The Championship,  William Troost-Ekong kept a clean sheet as Watford boosted their quest for promotion with a narrow 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. 

Troost-Ekong was on from start to finish and had an average game where Isaac Success made his long-awaited return from injury as a second half substitute. 

Taking a trip to Belgium where everyone seems to be living in Onuachu’s kingdom after the giant striker netted goal number 25 in the Jupiler for Genk. 

Onuachu opened the scoring for Genk in their 2-0 home win over Cercle Brugge on Sunday for his 25th league goal of the season. He has now contributed 27 goals (25 goals and 2 assists) in 29 league matches this season. 

Frank Onyeka was on for 81 minutes as Midtyjlland lost 0-1 at home to Aarhus in the Danish first division on Sunday.

Galatasaray, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Henry Onyekuru were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sivasspor but only Onyekuru featured for the Turkish giants. 

He played for 79 minutes while Etebo was an unused substitute.  

Holland based fullback,  Tyronne Ebuehi played for 66 minutes as FC Twente were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Willem II. 

Back to other top five leagues where Simy Nwankwo made headlines with his brace as Crotone defeated Torino 4-2 on Sunday. 

The lanky forward scored on 27 and 54 minutes in what was a man of the match display for his modest side. 

He also created three chances and three key passes with the goals taking his tally to 10 goals in the Serie A this season. 

Another Super Eagle who found the back of the net in the Serie A is Napoli and Super Eagles star forward, Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen scored his third in what has been an injury blighted season for the side from Naples in a 3-1 win over Bologna.

His 11th game of the season saw him on the bench before he come on for Dries Mertens on 53 minutes.  12 minutes later, he doubled Napoli’s lead when he latched on to a Pietr Zielinki pass to slot home.

Finally, on Friday, Samuel Chukwueze was helpless as Villarreal lost 2-1 at Valencia. It wasn’t the best of displays from the wide forward who had the least touches of anyone on the pitch. 

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