EiE: Leon Balogun continues impressive form at Wigan

EiE: Leon Balogun continues impressive form at Wigan

The loan move to Sky Bet Championship side, Wigan Athletic, is going to plan for Leon Balogun following another impressive display for the Latics.

Balogun leads the Eagles in Europe, EiE, review for this week as we recap performances of Super Eagles players from the weekend. 

Balogun put in a solid display for Wigan, leading them to a clean sheet as they defeated Millwall 1-0 at home.

The German-born Oyinbo Wall member had one interception, won two aerial duels and the most tackles (2) as Wigan kept their first clean sheet since February 1.

The game against Millwall was the third for Balogun in Wigan’s colours since his move in January from Brighton.

Staying in the Championship, Semi Ajayi and West Bromwich Albion boosted their promotion push with an outstanding performance away from home.

The Baggies defeated their hosts, Bristol City, 3-0 with Ajayi helping them to a clean sheet as well.

In the English top division, the Premier League, a Wilfred Ndidi-less Leicester City lost 0-1 at home to champions, Manchester City.

The Foxes were without their most important midfielder, Ndidi, who missed the game due to a knee injury but had Kelechi Iheanacho for 45 minutes against his former employers.

Another player. who faced his former side in the PL at the weekend was Super Eagles playmaker, Alex Iwobi.

Iwobi and Everton were visitors at the Emirates where they faced their hosts Arsenal in an exhilarating five-goal thriller.

While he did his best to impress against his former club, Iwobi was average for the one hour he spent on the pitch before making way as Arsenal came from behind to win 3-2 on Sunday.

Moving away now from England to France, where Victor Osimhen put in a creative masterclass to lead Lille to a wonderful victory.

While he was caged from adding to his 13 Ligue 1 goals this season, Osimhen turned creator, creating two chances with one ending up as an assist as Lilli defeated Toulouse 3-0.

It was Osimhen’s sixth assists of the season in Ligue, coming in a game where he had the least touches but still completed the most dribbles (2) in.

Elsewhere in the Ligue, Moses Simon played from start to finish as Nantes brushed aside Marseille 1-3 away, while the duo of Josh Maja and Samuel Kalu featured for Bordeaux in their 4-3 loss to champions, PSG on Sunday.

Kalu started and finished the game, while Maja came on as a substitute to play the last 12 minutes.

In LaLiga, Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem featured from start to finish but lost 1-0 at Celta Vigo, with Oghenekaro Etebo and Samuel Chukwueze suffering heavy defeats. 

Etebo’s Getafe were humiliated 0-3 at home by Sevilla, while Chukwueze and Villarreal lost 3-1 at Atletico Madrid.

Etebo started and finished the game, picking up a yellow card, while Chukwueze was a second half substitute.

Ramon Azeez was the only one to taste victory following Granada’s 0-3 thrashing of Osasuna. Azeez was however not listed for the trip.

For the Serie A duo of Williams Troost-Ekong of Udinese and Ola Aina of Torino, only the former players at the weekend.

Troost-Ekong and Udinese were denied a clean sheet and win at the death after Bologna scored an equaliser in added time for a share of the spoils following a 1-1 draw.

In Germany, Jamilu Collins’ Paderborn put up a gallant display against champions Bayern Munich but still fell 3-2 on Friday. The Bundesliga newbies were without the injured left-back.

Shehu Abdullahi suffered a 2-1 loss to Erzurum BB with Bursaspors in Turkey, while Henry Onyekuru is off the mark for Galatasaray after helping them with a goal in the 3-1 win over Fenerbahce.

Finally, Dennis Bonaventure failed to build on his goal against Manchester United on Thursday as he was caged for 90 minutes in Club Brugge’s 1-0 win over Sporting Charleroi.

 

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