Ighalo scores twice in China, Mikel’s team hugs relegation

Ighalo scores twice in China, Mikel’s team hugs relegation

In-form Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo continued his scoring form on Wednesday when he scored both goals in his side Changchun Yatai’s 2-0 win away to Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League.

The former Watford striker gave his side an early lead when he finished one-time, a right wing cross from Jiang Zhei in the 12th minute. The home team who were hoping to steer clear of relegation waters were dealt a further blow after the hour mark when Ighalo finished off a cut-back from the byline by substitute Li Guang.

Ighalo’s brace takes his tally to 10 goals in 19 games as he perfects his adaptation to the Chinese Super League.

On the losing side was Cameroon winger Christian Bassogog who will come up against Ighalo once again if expectedly invited by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in early September.

The victory lifted Yatai onto 10th spot on the table above Obafemi Martins’ Shanghai Shenhua who lost 3-0 at home to Gregorio Manzano’s Guizhou Zhicheng. Former Newcastle striker Martins played the entire duration for Gus Poyet’s men who crumbled to three second half goals including two in stoppage time.

It was also further dampening news for other Nigerians in the CSL as Tiajin TEDA stayed second from bottom after a 1-3 loss at bottom placed Yanbian Funde. TEDA were without Super Eagles duo of John Mikel Obi and Brown Ideye in the loss that left their survival hopes hanging in the balance.

Yanbian Funde’s next game will be a road trip to Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai on Sunday and former Julius Berger star, Ighalo will fancy his chances of adding to his goals tally.

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