EiE: Troost-Ekong and Udinese suffer humiliation in Italy 

EiE: Troost-Ekong and Udinese suffer humiliation in Italy 

While it was a rather quiet weekend in Europe for Super Eagles players, stand-in captain, Williams Troost-Ekong suffered nightmares in Italy.

Eagles in Europe recaps the weekend activities in the domestic leagues in Europe with particular focus on Super Eagles stars.

Let’s start this week’s EiE with a trip to Italy where ‘oyinbo wall’ man, Troost-Ekong plies his trade.

Troost-Ekong and Udinese will not forget the past weekend in a hurry after suffering humiliation in the Serie A at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Italy.

Udinese were destroyed 7-1 by their hosts, Atalanta, who also had to come from behind following the opener by Stephano Okaka for Ekong’s Udinese.

It was a long day for Ekong who was on the pitch for 90 minutes and was the lowest-rated player.

Meanwhile, at Grande Torino, Ola Aina played for 79 minutes as Torino were held to a 1-1 by their visitors, Cagliari.

Before he was substituted, Aina completed the most take-ons (3), created one chance, one key pass, won four interceptions and three aerial duels.

In the LaLiga, Ramon Azeez helped his Granada side to the top of the table with a good performance on Sunday in a 1-0 victory over Real Betis.

While Alvaro Vadillo netted the decisive goal, Azeez came close to another goal but was denied by the woodwork.

Samuel Chukwueze came off the bench for 29 minutes to create a chance and one key pass as Villarreal thrashed Deportivo Alaves 4-1 at home.

Still in LaLga, Leganes finally won their first league game of the season following a narrow 1-0 home win over RCD Mallorca.

However, only Chidozie Awaziem played a part in the win after coming on as a second-half substitute to feature for 31 minutes, while compatriot, Kenneth Omeruo was not listed for the game.

Taking a trip to the Ligue 1 in France, where only Moses Simon featured for the duration of a game.

Moses was on from start to finish as Nantes lost 0-1 at home to AS Monaco, who were without Henry Onyekuru.

Top scorer, Victor Osimhen was caged once again for 58 minutes but LOSC Lille still won 3-0 at home to Bordeaux with Samuel Kalu coming on for 26 minutes.

Paderborn finally won their first Bundesliga game since winning promotion with Jamilu Collins impressing for the bottom of the table club.

The newbies defeated Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 at home with Collins helping them to a clean sheet after winning 100% of his tackles, three interceptions, two aerial duels and seven clearances.

Real Madrid slayer in the Champions League, Dennis Bonaventure got outshone by his fellow Nigerian, David Okereke as Club Brugge dropped two points at home against Standard Liege.

Bonaventure was an unused player in the game that ended 1-1 with Okereke scorer of Brugge’s goal.

Paul Onuachu fired blanks despite playing for 90 minutes as Genk narrowly defeated Cercle Brugge 1-0.

Tyronne Ebuehi was missing in action as Benfica narrowly saw off Tondela 0-1 in the Portuguese league. The fit-again fullback was not listed for the trip.

Finally, in England, Wilfred Ndidi was in action for Leicester City as they made history in the Premier League on Friday.

Ndidi and the Foxes defeated Southampton 0-9 to record the biggest ever away win in PL history with Ndidi involved in the build-up to the opening goal of the night.

The defensive midfielder also ensured he helped his side keep a clean sheet with his tidy-ness on the ball, three tackles won and one interception. He also completed 100% of his take-ons.

For Alex Iwobi, it was another defeat for him and Everton as a Leon Balogun-less Brighton and Hove Albion snatched all three points in added time at the Amex.

Iwobi was on the pitch for 72 minutes but failed to create a chance for his teammates as the Toffees suffered a 3-2 loss.

In the Championship, in the absence of Oghenekaro Etebo, Stoke City lost 2-0 at Millwall, while Semi Ajayi failed to keep a clean sheet after conceding a penalty as West Brom Albion were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Charlton Athletic.


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