It was a very quiet weekend in Europe for Super Eagles players bar the duo of Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon in France.
Eagles in Europe, EiE, bring to you a review of their performances and other Super Eagles stars across Europe.
Ligue 1 took a break for the Coupe de France with Osimhen and Moses in excellent form for Lille and Nantes respectively.
Osimhen led Lille to the next round with a 0-2 win over Gonfreville with the Nigerian striker scoring his side’s second goal of the evening on the stroke of 90 minutes.
That goal took Osimhen’s tally for the season to 15 in all competitions for Lille.
Simon was a goal maker and taker for Nantes against Lyon, after scoring one and providing another goal.
Simon assisted the second goal for Nantes before netting their third, but it was not enough as they fell 3-4 to the superior firing power of a Ryan Cherki-inspired Lyon side.
Simon was not the only Super Eagle to suffer defeat at the weekend, LaLiga trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Chidozie Awaziem, and Kenneth Omeruo was also at the receiving end.
Chukwueze featured for 90 minutes but despite an outstanding creative display that saw him receive a standing ovation, Villarreal lost 1-2 at home to Espanyol.
The winger created four (4) chances, the most in the game and four (4) key passes.
Leganes suffered a 0-3 loss at home, too, to Getafe and Oghenekaro Etebo, who was a second half substitute in the game but were without Chidozie who watched on from the bench while Kenneth played from start to finish.
Another Super Eagle to suffer defeat in LaLiga was Ramon Azeez, who played for 56 minutes as Granada narrowly lost 1-0 at Camp Nou.
In Italy, Williams Troost-Ekong and Ola Aina lost with their respective clubs as well.
Troost-Ekong and Udinese gave up their lead to lose 3-2 at the San Siro to Milan, while Aina’s Torino also gave up a lead to lose 2-1 at Sassuolo.
Jamilu Collins and Paderborn were thrashed 1-4 at home by Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, while Dennis Bonaventure fired blanks in Club Brugge’s 1-2 victory over Anderlecht.
In England, Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi remained out with injuries as their teams dropped points again.
Ndidi’s Leicester lost at Burnley while Everton held West Ham to a 1-1 draw.
Finally, Joe Aribo and Rangers booked their place in the next phase of the Scottish FA Cup following a 2-0 home win over Stranraer on Friday.
Anthony Nwakaeme was on fire in Turkey as Trabzonspor annihilated their visitors Kasimpasa 6-0.
Nwakaeme scored a brace in that game, the third and fifth goal, and also assisted the fourth goal in an excellent performance from the wings.
The wide forward also created four (4) chances, three key passes, completed six (6) take-ons, the most by any player on the pitch and won two tackles, also the most by any player.