EiE: Super Eagles duo Onuachu, Chukwueze fire blanks

EiE: Super Eagles duo Onuachu, Chukwueze fire blanks

It was a very quiet weekend for Super Eagles players in Europe led by the attacking duo of Paul Onuachu and Samuel Chukwueze. This is a review of their performances and that of their national team mates.

Super Eagles rave of the moment, Onuachu, failed to replicate the performance that saw him score a brace last weekend as Midtjylland were held to a 2-2 draw at Esbjerg fB in the Danish first division.

The giant Onuachu only played for just under half an hour, after coming on as a second substitute in the match.

He was outshone by his compatriot at the club, Frank Onyeka, who opened the scoring for Midtjylland with his second goal of the season.

Onuachu, who created one chance in the match, was booked on 73 minutes for a bad foul, it was his sixth of the season.

In Spain, another player who failed to live up to his excellent display in his previous game was Chukwueze.

The 19-year-old put in a man of the match performance against Barcelona in his last LaLiga game for Villarreal, but on Sunday, was kept quiet for just over an hour by the Real Betis defence.

Chukwueze failed to save his side this time as they fell 2-1 at Betis with the talented winger on for 64 minutes and picking up his first yellow of the campaign.

At Ciudad de Valencia, Levante were held to a 2-2 draw by their visitors SD Huesca with Moses Simon featuring for 68 minutes.

He created two chances in the game but his team mates were unable to convert any as they shared the spoils.

Kenneth Omeruo was missing as Leganes held their host Alaves to a 1-1 draw.

In the Italian Serie A, as reported by ACLSports.com, Ola Aina was injured and missed Torino’s goalless affair at Parma.

It was victory for William Troost-Ekong and Udinese as they battled past Empoli 3-2 at home.

Troost-Ekong played from start to finish, winning one tackle, three interceptions and aerial duels.

Elsewhere, Victor Osimhen helped Sporting Charleroi to three points as they defeated Eupen 1-0 away from home.

Osimhen grabbed his third assist of the season after setting up his teammate, Jeremy Perbet, to net the winner on the stroke of 90 minute.

England

Alex Iwobi and Arsenal bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League suffered a setback following a shock 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

Iwobi played for 16 minutes after replacing Mesut Ozil in the second half as Phil Jagielka netted the only goal.

Before that, it was another superb performance from Wilfred Ndidi as Leicester City continued their revival under Brendan Rodgers.

Ndidi won the most tackles, three interceptions and completed 100% of his dribbles as the Foxes thrashed Huddesfield 4-1 away from home.

His fellow Nigerian at the club, Kelechi Iheanacho, only managed a minute of action in the game.

In the Championship, Oghenekaro Etebo was the hero as Stoke City ended a run of four matches without a win at Blackburn Rovers.

Etebo netted the only goal, and his second of the season as the Potters returned to winning ways.

Semi Ajayi and Rotherham United also returned to winning ways courtesy of a 2-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest.

Things have gone from bad to worse for John Obi Mikel and Middlesbrough after a sixth consecutive loss.

With Mikel on from start to finish, Boro went, saw but failed to conquer their hosts, Swansea City, who won 3-1.

In Germany, Jamilu Collins had a very good game as Paderborn held their hosts, Sandhausen, to a 1-1 draw.

Collins finished the game with two interceptions, two aerial duels, two tackles won and one chance created.

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