EiE: Super Eagles duo Osimhen, Ajayi on target

EiE: Super Eagles duo Osimhen, Ajayi on target

Super Eagles stars were in serious scoring form after returning to their various clubs following the international break with Victor Osimhen and Semi Ajayi leading the pack.

Eagles in Europe, EiE, review their performances alongside their other national teammates playing in Europe during a positive weekend for Super Eagles players.

After a wonderful outing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the first international break of the season, Osimhen continued from where he stopped at Lille as they defeated Angers 2-1 in France.

Osimhen netted the opening goal of the game as he reacted quickest to tap home a rebound to put his side 1-0 ahead.

The goal now takes his tally to five (5) in five (5) matches for the Ligue 1 side, in addition to the goal he scored for Nigeria against Ukraine on Tuesday.

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He also completed 100% of his take-on, and created one chance but was booked in the first half.

Paul Onuachu may have lost his starting berth in the national team but during the weekend, the giant striker returned amongst the goals.

Onuachu, who was on the pitch for 90 minutes, netted his first goal for his new Belgian club, Genk, but it was not enough to earn them at least a point as they lost 2-1 to Osimhen’s former club, Sporting Charleroi.

Still in Belgium, Dennis Bonaventure scored his second of the season for Club Brugge as they defeated Cercle Brugge 2-0.

Bonaventure scored the winner and picked up a yellow card while playing from start to finish.

Another Nigerian who had a goal-scoring performance is defender, Semi Ajayi.

Ajayi was on song for West Bromwich Albion as they held their hosts, Fulham, to a 1-1 draw with Ajayi netting the decisive equaliser for WBA.

Joe Aribo was another who impressed for his club after a brilliant debut for the Super Eagles in midweek.

Aribo grabbed an assist for the Scottish team, Rangers in their 3-1 win over Livingston. He provided the pass for their second goal of the day.

Others
Wilfred Ndidi may not have scored or led his team (Leicester City) to victory but he returned to football after missing the game against Ukraine on Tuesday.

Ndidi was his usual self, winning the most tackles (4), and two interceptions as Leicester fell to a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

He was on for the duration of the game while his compatriot at the club, Kelechi Iheanacho, returned to familiar territory, a role on the Foxes bench.

Leon Balogun‘s situation at Brighton and Hove Albion remain unchanged after yet another no show for the centre back.

He was not listed for their 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

Alex Iwobi enjoyed 90 minutes of football at the Vitality Stadium but was helpless as Everton lost 3-1 to their hosts, Bournemouth.

Iwobi contributed one chance, and two completed take-on in the game.

In France, the duo of Josh Maja and Samuel Kalu tasted action as Bordeaux defeated Metz 2-0 at home.

While Kalu was on from start to finish, Maja was a second half substitute after coming on with 15 minutes to go.

Kalu created as many chances as Maja, two, both also had two key passes but Kalu was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet as one of his shots came off the woodwork.

Moses Simon played 90 minutes for Nantes in their 1-0 win over Reims. He created one chance and completed three dribbles.

Henry Onyekuru was an unused substitute in Monaco’s 3-4 loss to Marseille.

For the Super Eagles contingent in Spain, only Chidozie Awaziem tasted any action.

Awaziem was on from start to finish as a Samuel Chukwueze-less Villarreal thrash Leganes 0-3 in front of their fans with Kenneth Omeruo not listed for the home side due to injury.

Chukwueze watched that game as a spectator on the Villarreal bench.

Series A based William Troost-Ekong was conspicuously missing as Udinese lost 1-0 to Inter Milan at the San Siro. Troost-Ekong did not travel for that game.

Jamilu Collins had a day to forget in the German Bundesliga as Schalke 04 taught his Paderborn side a footballing lesson.

Collins and Paderborn were embarrassed 1-5 by their visitors with the Nigerian ending the game with a slight credibility after completing an outstanding 10 take-ons, the most by any player.

Collins also won 100% of his tackles in the game.

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