EiE: Seniorman Iheanacho celebrates first PL hat-trick

EiE: Seniorman Iheanacho celebrates first PL hat-trick

This past weekend belonged to Super Eagles star ‘Seniorman’ Kelechi Iheanacho who celebrated his first PL hat-trick on Sunday. 

Eagles in Europe, EiE, followed that game and reviews his display and superb performances as they concerned Super Eagles players in Europe. 

The King Power witnessed history as Iheanacho became the latest Nigerian player to score a hat-trick in the PL. 

He put in a man of the match display to help the Foxes to a 5-0 defeat of Sheffield United.  Two of the goals arrived in the second half, with the first in the first half. 

His third goal was the best of the three, picking up a pass from Wilfried Ndidi,  who played 90 minutes, the former Man City player unleashed a 25yard effort which sailed into the bottom left corner for his first ever Leicester and PL hat-trick.  

The goals also took his tally to five in his last three matches for the Foxes, and saw him become just the fifth Nigerian to score a PL hat-trick ever. 

The 24-year old has now scored six goals in just eight PL starts this season for Leicester. 

Alex Iwobi suffered a 1-2 defeat at home to Burnley on Saturday with the Nigerian playmaker playing from start to finish. 

He created two chances, two key passes, and completed 100% of his take-ons. 

At the Craven Cottage, Ola Aina and Fulham will continue their relegation fight next time after league leaders Manchester City properly put them where they belong. 

 City thrashed them 0-3 but Aina still managed to create a chance, key pass, and make five recoveries. 

In the English lower league, Watford and William Troost-Ekong took another step in the right direction following another win in the championship. 

Watford defeated their hosts Cardiff 1-2 with Troost-Ekong on from start to finish. 

In the French Ligue 1, Samuel Kalu played for just 16 minutes before he was substituted due to an injury. His club Bordeaux went on to win 1-3 away at Dijon. 

Moses Simon scored his fifth of the season to help Nantes shock giants PSG on Sunday. The winger scored the winner on 71 minutes as they picked all three points with a 1-2 in Paris. 

Victor Osimhen was a second half substitute in Napoli’s narrow 0-1 win over AC Milan at San Siro. He played for 30 minutes. 

Simy Nwankwo made his history on Friday when he netted a brace for Crotone against Lazio. 

While the goals were not enough to give them all three points or at least a point following a 3-2 loss, they were enough to see the giant striker become the first Nigeria to score 12 goals in a single Serie A season. 

The goals were also his second consecutive brace in the Serie A, with the forward having scored five goals in his last three matches. 

Samuel Chukwueze played for 25 minutes as Villarreal defeated Eibar 1-3 on Sunday.  He was a second half substitute. 

Paul Onuachu seems not to be slowing down or does he look to make things easier for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr. 

The in form forward netted again for Genk but this time in the Cup was they defeated Anderlecht 1-2. He opened the scoring in that game on 17 minutes. 

In Turkey,  Henry Onyekuru was a super sub as he came off the bench to singlehandedly earn Galatasaray all three points at Kayserispor. 

Onyekuru replaced Emre Akbaba on 68 minutes, then, scored a brace on 81 and 89 minutes for his fifth goal of the season in 9 matches. 

Tyronne Ebuehi and FC Twente had a weekend to forget after a 4-1 humbling at AZ Alkmaar, while Maduka Okoye put in an outstanding display which includes a superb last late save to help his team Sparta Rotterdam to a clean sheet and win as they defeated Waaljik  2-0 at home. 

It was Okoye’s 7th clean sheet of the season in 20apps. 

Powerful left back,  Zaidu Sanusi was in his absolute best as FC Porto claimed a win and clean sheet against  Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese league. 

Sanusi was a massive presence at both ends of the pitch, creating two chances, two key passes, and completing the most dribbles (5). He also helped his side to a clean sheet by making 9 recoveries, and winning five aerial duels. 

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